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Low numeracy, literacy at schools

2011-06-28 20:31

Pretoria - Only 12% of Grade 6 pupils scored 50% or more for mathematics in a country-wide assessment test earlier this year.

This low score was one of several revealed in the delayed 2011 Annual National Assessment (ANA) results, released by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The assessment includes numeracy and literacy tests conducted among six million so-called foundation phase (grades 1 - 3) and intermediate phase (grades 4 – 6) pupils attending government schools.

The tests took place in February, after pupils had completed the previous year's grade work.

According to the document, Grade 6 results for language - based on a sample of results from selected schools - show that as few as 15% of pupils scored more than 50%.

Among Grade 3 pupils, only 17% scored more than 50% in their numeracy assessment, and 31% scored more than 50% in the literacy test.

Make or break

Motshekga said the ANA was the most wide-ranging assessment of literacy and numeracy skills among young pupils ever carried out in South Africa.

Noting that a pupil's first five years at school were a "make or break" watershed in his or her development, she said the assessment showed there had been an under-emphasis in education on basic skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic.

Spelling out some of the assessment's results, which she described as "very sad", she said that among Grade 3 pupils, the national average performance in literacy was 35%; and in numeracy, 28%.

"Provincial performance in these two areas is between 19% and 43%, the highest being the Western Cape and the lowest being Mpumalanga."

Turning to the assessment of Grade 6 pupils, she said the national average performance in languages was 28%, and for mathematics 30%.

"The performance is something that we expected, given the poor performance of South African learners in recent international and local assessments.

"But now we have our own benchmarks against which we can set targets and move forward," Motshekga said.

According to a document handed to journalists at the event, a very small percentage of pupils qualified as "outstanding" in the assessment.

Girls out-perform boys

Among Grade 3 pupils, 11% achieved this in literacy, and 5% in numeracy. Among Grade 6 pupils, only 3% achieved this in both language and mathematics.

A gender comparison reveals that girls generally out-perform boys across the ranges assessed, and particularly at the top level.

One glimmer of good news among the ANA results was the relatively better performance of Grade 1 and 2 pupils.

The document attributes this, among other things, to the recent introduction of standardised learning material for Grade R pupils, and interventions at the foundation phase level to improve literacy and numeracy.

Motshekga said her department was moving to address the problems.

"While there is no quick fix, we are confident that our interventions will bear fruit in the years to come..."

She said there appeared to be "far too big a leap" between grades 3 and 4.

"This may account for the drop in results that we see as children move up the grades."

From next year, there would be fewer subjects in grades 4 to 6.

"The jump from Grade 3 to Grade 4 is [also] made more difficult with the switch to English in Grade 4," she said.

The ANA results were supposed to have been released on April 29 but, according to a statement issued by the department at that time, this was not possible because it was "still in the process of capturing results from all districts in the country".

Comments
  • Kyle Smith - 2011-06-28 20:44

    There is no discipline in schools and thus ids do as they wish. Without consequences for your actions how will kids learn anything in life let alone maths and literacy.

      Squeegee Pilot - 2011-06-28 21:25

      This is scary, when even those who go to school don't get an education. This is going to affect all of us in years to come. What happens when these people enter the job market and cannot read or do basic Maths?

      Warslat - 2011-06-28 21:34

      There are 3 types of schoolkids, those who can do maths and those that can't.

      S knot - 2011-06-28 21:34

      But you people are all missing the point here. The pass rate at schools is a mere 30% and angie now says: "...which she described as "very sad", she said that among Grade 3 pupils, the national average performance in literacy was 35%; and in numeracy, 28%". She and her cronies themselves have set this very low benchmark so what are they sad about??? What else did they expect??

      Mike Webber - 2011-06-28 21:35

      No-one wants to have the conversation that might suggest that only 70% of our nation has the intellectual ability or desire to be educated. Sad but true.

      Mike Webber - 2011-06-28 21:41

      @ S knot, the benchmarks are being prescribed by the ANC. So that one section/racegroup of the population doesn't appear to be stupid. The ANC have dropped and prescribed the lowest standards in order to bump up the pass rate. The ANC are useless!

      S knot - 2011-06-28 21:48

      Yep Mike Web my old mate, keep the masses stupid and they will vote for the ANC...stupid people do stupid things.

      Whimsical twentysomething - 2011-06-29 10:46

      So true! Teachers' hands are tied firmly behind their backs, specials needs learners are pushed through year after year while they wait to be accepted into special needs schools; it's an admin nightmare to retain students that don't meet the requirements of going through to the next grade and the admin requirements of primary school teachers in particular is shocking. These kids are also largely victims of the worst system to every rock our nation: OBE.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-29 10:48

      NOW YOU KNOW : 2010-12-01 14:10 Pretoria - The KwaZulu-Natal branch of the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) has called on "biased marking" in favour of black matrics, the Sowetan newspaper reported on Wednesday. The union's provincial secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi reportedly appealed to markers not to be too hard on pupils writing papers that were not in their mother tongue. It quoted him saying: "The markers should bear in mind that African pupils were not writing in their mother tongue and spare a thought for those affected by the strike."

      YBNS - 2011-06-29 13:18

      @Mike Webber You are a genius, lets all blame the ANC for our Children stupidity.

      Buzzbar - 2011-06-29 15:03

      @YBNS - If I throw a banana at you, will you catch it with your feet? The same goes for all the other posts where you claim the stupidity of the children (relating to those commenting on this forum) is genetic. For that I think you need to look in the mirror.

      YBNS - 2011-06-29 15:49

      @Buzzbar and if i throw a banana and Savana Cider at you...you will catch it with your ass...just like Eugene Terre'Blanche

  • ferreira.charmaine - 2011-06-28 20:46

    Just shows you and these children are going to be expected to be leaders one day! My child fails Maths each term and the school does not care! I do try help, but they just says he has to try harder! What are we paying enormous amounts of school fees for?

      only me - 2011-06-28 23:29

      contact me please

  • jannie - 2011-06-28 20:51

    Fantastic, but when its time for salary increases, to hell with the children, lets just think about ourselves and join the unions, toi-toi, harass non-striking teachers and children, behave like animals!! The results from these assessment tests will probably result in standards being lowered further to manipulate the appearance of the true stance of the education of this country. Angie Motshekga, WAKE UP!!! Start teaching and stop these conferences and legotlas where you guys just talk and talk and eat like pigs and drink.

      Werner - 2011-06-29 17:04

      My mother's a teacher and while they tried to go to work everyday during "Strike periods", SADTU just bangs through the doors and yells "COMRADES, WE DEMAND A RAISE. YOU SHOULD ALL GO HOME!"...etc ... my mother considers calling her a "comrade", racist. The problem, however, lies in the youth...I like to quote something from a Simpson's episode: "The children are the future, but my time is NOW!"

      Anja - 2011-08-11 22:42

      You know What?! It is because of people like you that our education is like it is today. Why don't you try to do something? But you like it to point fingers. I am sick of people like you. Get a life and start doing something with it!!!

  • franssmith100 - 2011-06-28 20:54

    thank god i took my kids out of sa...

      Rapier - 2011-06-28 21:28

      am no supporter of the current political regime, but: The FACTS are: 1. "The reputation of Britain's state education system took another heavy knock yesterday as figures showed that secondary schools have tumbled down an international league table of reading and maths standards" 2. "Of concern is that U.S. student scores are lagging behind other nations in critical areas such as math, science and reading." It would be interesting to know where you took your kids to, and what it is costing you. We can take a leaf out of the way kids are taught in Finland - top in the world!

      YBNS - 2011-06-29 11:42

      @franssmith100 If your childrens are stupid, no matter were you take them they still be the same imbicile you fathered. it has do do with the parents genes and not the education system.

      NuttyZA - 2011-06-29 12:45

      Rapier, even with Britains tumbling state education, the level of education there is still about 1000 times better than in SA... If children in the UK do not go to school, the Parents are arrested and sent to jail... School in the UK is full day (9 to 5 with an hours lunch break) and Children do not have the luxury of all the long school holidays they have here... (esp an extra day off willy-nilly because a public holiday fell on a Tuesday or a Thursday)... Do you really think that prestigious Universities such as Oxford and Cambridge would still be so highly regarded if they were accepting intake from a failing school system. Yes, I agree, the Brits are terrible spellers BUT you cannot even compare the poor level of education South African pupils get to what Kids in the UK get. I would also like to know how the hell 30% can be a pass mark??? It is shocking... if you only understand 30% of your work this year and you get promoted to the next year/level which is proportionately harder, how the hell do they expect you to cope??? I would suggest a pass mark of at least 50 - 60 % should be the standard

      hennie.buys1 - 2011-06-29 16:01

      @YBNS So your hyper intelligent children were born with the ability to do algebra? btw its not childrens its children :P

  • jock - 2011-06-28 20:56

    We have a major problem with the standard of education in most schools and the matriculation results for the past few years are the result.The Govt has made promises to improve the situation but as usual nothing happens

      Mike Webber - 2011-06-28 21:36

      Here's a question for you - Why does the ANC bring down the standards for all, in order to please the lowest common denominator? If you can answer this question, then you'll know why the ANC's education policies will forever be a failure!

      S knot - 2011-06-28 21:53

      Mike think back to the 'little red book' of Mao Tse Tung that explained to the people of China the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party...the ideology that MISERABLY failed but kept the people voting for him because they were uneducated; just like the ANC. Hopefully the sheeple here will also oneday wake up like in China.

  • Newsferret - 2011-06-28 20:57

    Does the government really care about this disaster? Of course not, the sardine run on the Natal coast is good, so why worry.

      Mike Webber - 2011-06-28 21:39

      All the ANC sheep on this website will say to you, 'go back to europe, leave Africa's problems to Africans'. They honestly have no clue how to fix their problems. Once all the wealth and brains have left, they still won't have a clue. God made them stupid ... so sad

      S knot - 2011-06-28 21:55

      Mike, cancer eventualy kills the host, but while the host is alive it does not worry, until the cancer itself is dead and doesn't even know why it died.

      YBNS - 2011-06-29 11:38

      @Newsferret Blame this mess on you genes... you know that you were slow in school...your child needs a miracle not education.

  • Ian - 2011-06-28 21:05

    nothing new here, burn it all

  • BigMoose - 2011-06-28 21:08

    A Nation of Dummies. This is not what I voted for on 17 March 1992.

      Mike Webber - 2011-06-28 21:37

      So you didn't vote ANC? Shame on you come-raid!

      Pickle - 2011-06-28 21:59

      @Mike webber stop trolling the forum.. It's getting old now -_-

      YBNS - 2011-06-29 11:34

      @BigMoose If you what to know whose responsible for this mess... look in the mirror. if you are a stupid...what did you expect!

  • DoublySalmon - 2011-06-28 21:20

    The matric results is the same. Matrics can barely read or write but they want management job, they want to determine economic policy yet they can't even read or plot a curve. Once our leaders set an example maybe kids will be inspired to learn but the stupid rot goes top down.

      Mike Webber - 2011-06-28 21:43

      ahem, I believe that should read, 'The matric results ARE the same ...'? but moving right along

      Bryan - 2011-06-28 22:24

      Mike I see in a post above you said the "ANC are useless". English lesson one: The political party is useless - political party is singular. The ANC is a political party - singular, therefore: The ANC is useless...so fall in line and move right along too.

      YBNS - 2011-06-29 11:32

      @Bryan if your child is an imbicile the ANC has nothing to do with that part blame your genes.

      DoublySalmon - 2011-06-29 12:15

      Mike Webber The matric results is the same, the same as the Grade 6 results. vs. The matric results are the same, the same as the Grade 6 results. Something makes me prefer the 1st row, I achieved the best English 1st language grade in my year in a respected school so obviously something is wrong with our schools.

  • M. Khoza - 2011-06-28 21:26

    "Today everybody has access to information but knowledge is absent" Sulaiman Moola

      S knot - 2011-06-28 22:01

      Should rather be: "Today, information has given access to knowledge but everybody is absent"

  • Schalk - 2011-06-28 21:34

    Don't worry, as long as they can spell "comrade" they will always find a job in the ANC.

      YBNS - 2011-06-29 14:29

      and as long as they can spell "teeth" they will find a job in the DA.

  • Bill - 2011-06-28 21:35

    The bells are tolling on the Bell Curve Phenomena...I tell ya!

      Skully - 2011-06-29 12:25

      Not Bells, Jonnie Walker curve!!

  • K-NINE - 2011-06-28 21:39

    Time to start culling. This country is being over populated by useless, unwanted oxygen thieves!!

      Mike Webber - 2011-06-28 21:43

      now now, don't come here with those ANCYL tendencies

  • Sê maar net - 2011-06-28 22:10

    "GIRLS OUT-PERFORM BOYS..." This won't be surprising! The reason is because boys are not allowed to develop like boys are supposed to. They have to sit down at tables the whole day, like girls. Anyone who knows anything about ECD and brain development, will KNOW that boys do NOT learn in the same manner as girls do - sitting at a table and pleasing everyone. There will definately be a huge difference if schools change their whole approach towards teaching methods for boys and those for girls. THEY SHOULD NOT BE THE SAME.

      Bryan - 2011-06-28 22:18

      Then you will hear about that famous gender discrimination thing again sê maar net.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-06-29 13:35

      Hence the new drive to bring PT back to the schools. Girls have always outperformed boys at this level because girls are born with more interconnections between left and right brain, which facilitates language development, etc. It also explains why boys generally do better at maths and space related activities. But don't worry they catch up. I think Montessori is a better system for boys, at least for pre-primary.

  • anthro45@24.com - 2011-06-29 06:55

    And 99.9% of the 12% are white.

      jka - 2011-06-29 15:54

      99% of the 12% attend formal model C schools is more correct. or maybe even 99% of the 12% have active parents, at least one stay-at-home parent or a nanny, au pair etc etc kids in township areas attend underresources schools with old fashioned and lazy teachers and have parents who are either deadbeats or work 20 hours a day to feed the family and so cannot be there to guide their kids. its not a race issue, its a class issue.

  • ZumaGabe - 2011-06-29 08:21

    The "guvvermint" can go on a study tour to find out how to sort the problem out. Don't fly 1st class to Cuba, Venezuela or Libya. Use a Putco or Golden Arrow bus with bread and soup for food. I suggest you visit top performing schools in Paarl, Stellenbosch, Newlands, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein. Also take a detour to Stilbaai, Plett, Ballito, Hartenbos, Glentana, Knysna and chat to the maths, science and laguages teachers that you retrenched. You will find all the answers and solutions here - GUARENTEED !!!!

      YBNS - 2011-06-29 11:30

      @ZumaGabe If your child is stupid, as the results tells us... do not blame it on the Miniter. you are a stupid yourself..what were you expecting your child to be ... a genius

      Mordor-isSA - 2011-06-29 16:54

      Exactly, i can guarantee there were no black kids in that 12% above 50%

  • Stanley Black - 2011-06-29 08:25

    As a South African this is an issue that I feel is not given the attention it should. It need everyday South Africans to formulate opinions on it and for those opinions to be debated and commented on as a society. WeCanDoBetter.co.za is somewhere you can do all that, go check it our submitting and commenting is easy and requires no registration.

  • cmr.insurance - 2011-06-29 08:41

    thats what happens when you burn schools fight against a system without keping education as a main factor, the ANC only have themselves to blame, but to be very frank thats how they like it or who will vote for them next elections.

      YBNS - 2011-06-29 11:24

      This 2011 Annual National Assessment (ANA) was done in February(at the begining of the year) and Some imbiciles (The assessor and the Journalist) think this is the true reflection of the stardard of education in Mzansi. These kids were not even prepared and shame on you (the assessor) to even assess the grade one pupils.

      YBNS - 2011-06-29 11:27

      @cmr.insurance Do not blame the ANC for your Child Stupidity.

  • Larro - 2011-06-29 09:01

    Eish, thees mathumateks she is hadd

  • joy.termorshuizen - 2011-06-29 09:41

    I really dont know what is more horrifying...these facts or the casual comment bythe minister that she is not surprised and ecpectedthese results!! If they knew this was the case why are they only now going to do something about it. These children are doomed....they have no basic grounding from their most important learning years....this can never be fixed!

      Kryvirjou@24.com - 2011-06-29 13:57

      they will do nothing......

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-29 09:52

    Now you know why the ANCYL's mental capacity is that of an African potato.

      YBNS - 2011-06-29 14:06

      And the DA youth league is the fart that comes out when the african potato is squeezed and the mash is the DA, served to people with not front teeth...ja the truth hurts...

  • YBNS - 2011-06-29 11:19

    This 2011 Annual National Assessment (ANA) was done in February(at the begining of the year) and Some imbiciles (The assessor and the Journalist) think this is the true reflection of the stardard of education in Mzansi. The kid were not even prepared and shame on you to even assess the grade one pupils.

      ZeDon - 2011-06-29 12:21

      Go read the article again. "The tests took place in February, after pupils had completed the previous year's grade work." They were tested on the PREVIOUS year's work! Then again "If you what to know whose responsible for this mess... look in the mirror. if you are a stupid...what did you expect! "

      YBNS - 2011-06-29 13:29

      i am turning the mirror to you, genius! the final exams here in SA are writen between October and November. if you know how to count that will be two to three months after they have writen their exam ... i bet that you do not remmber what you eat for breakfast or who you met last friday. if am stupid then you are an airhead.

      Mordor-isSA - 2011-06-29 16:56

      What a burnt chop!!

  • Mixyez - 2011-06-29 12:21

    This is exactly what is causing the problems in tertiary education as well. These kids get shoved thtough school and then think that it is there given right to attend a university. Not every child has the intellectual capacity to be at institutions of higher learning but because the pass rates have been dropped so low they get there and then complain that it is too difficult. I reckon my pets could get into university.

      ZeDon - 2011-06-29 12:25

      The LSSA did a study recently where they found that candidate attorneys only have a grade 4 level of literacy & numeracy. These are people that have a law degree & they can't even read or write!

  • Skins66 - 2011-06-29 12:25

    Option 4 for the voting booth: "Educated teachers"

  • Snoopy88 - 2011-06-29 12:39

    Break Sadtu! Teachers should be employed and promoted based on merit. If everyone in the class is failing then the teacher needs to go! If the whole school fails then the school must be shut down! Why does the government think its an employment agency? They need to start getting tough. But the sad truth is they really don't care. This new curriculum is being shoved through just so that it will look like they are actually doing something come voting time. It suits them that the youth of South Africa are uneducated, unemployable and that they only aspire to being in 'government'.

  • Kryvirjou@24.com - 2011-06-29 13:51

    How long do the ANC neec to correct this?..... since June 1986 riots, the kids rioted because they had to learn Afrikaans.......well.....now they know nothing......ANC where did you go wrong?.......maybe workshop this with UJ or WITS to find a solution.......wake up you bunch of chops

      YBNS - 2011-06-29 13:57

      @Kryvirjou@24.com Donot blame the ANC, your child's stupidity will only be cured by a miracle and not the education system. try the church schools!

  • janine.meyburgh - 2011-06-29 14:43

    The results are out and of course they are shocking, did the Government expect anything better? So tests were done in Feb, it has taken the best part of 4 months to get the results out - WOW! Half the school year is over. Surely during this time the Education Department have met and discussed the plans that they are to put in place? What are the plans and how many years do we need to wait for delivery? To my mind if the Grade 6's are scoring so badly a serious intervention will be required to try and teach these kids what they have missed in the past 7 years - what a mess. This is what happens when you play doff, blame apartheid for everything and let things slide. No accountability, but plenty reward for the teachers - SAD!

  • longgone - 2011-06-29 14:53

    Enough said. If someone could read Noddy when the ANC came into power they were made teachers. Likewise if you could ride a bicycle you became part of the department of Transport. In the schools the bright children are brought down by having the not so bright. Most of the students are brighter than the teachers today. Get Teachers with the correct Education.

  • GorillaOdi - 2011-06-29 15:45

    Blame Blackberry's!! Blame Facebook!! Blame teachers who arent dedicated to their profession!! Blame the OBE Curriculum system!!

  • Bachbabe - 2011-06-29 16:31

    It would be very interesting to see what the matric results of this grade 6 group will be, if/when they reach grade 12 in 2017. With only 12% managing 50% or more for maths/numeracy, one shudders.....One can't expect anything better from an education department where the majority of teachers in the lowest performing schools belong to SADTU, who want to ban Helen Zille from attending a conference for teachers this week. The union says she "doesn't recognise the rights of the workers"....the workers being lazy incompetent teachers, who do not want to sign performance contracts to hold them accountable for the poor performance of the kids in their charge. These teachers want their salaries at the end of each month, but are ill-prepared for their lessons, strike and stay away at the drop of a hat. What about the rights of the children??

  • Blomster - 2011-06-29 16:47

    These tests is a farce. My son is going to a township school with English as his first language and could read fluently 6 months into grade 1. He reads better then most grade 8 students and it's not his first language and he could not even get 40%. My daughter however is going to one of the most prestigious former model C schools, doing her first language Afrikaans, but even now in grade 2 can't read properly, but she never got grades under 90%.

  • sobeit - 2011-06-29 17:22

    There was nothing wrong with the previous/old pre 94 education model that delivered pioneers in many fields globally. It just needed to be rolled out to everyone while ensuring that the management thereof was in competent hands, that teachers were trained up, that resources were made available. What do the ANC do, they go and overhaul the entire system, close teacher training colleges, allow education to be politicised, allow rampant corruption by not prosecuting offenders, introduce less effective discipline. They are an epic failure at everything they do and poorer South Africans will suffer, sacrificed on the altar of a failed ideology to save face.

  • Mukondeleli - 2011-06-29 19:42

    I have a serious concern with these ANa for Grade 3 and 6. I am a teacher in Gauteng - Pretoria. Most Grade 1 and 2 public schools don't teach English in Grade 1 or 2. Poor kids get to be taught English fully in Grade 3. The very kids who pass to Grade 4 don't have basic vocabulary of English for Grade 1 learner. WHY LEARNERS ARE NOT ENGLISH FROM GRADE R - OR 1. MOST GRADE 4 LEARNERS FROM PROVINCES OUTSIDE GP EXCEPT WC ARE THE WORST. THEY CAN'T EVEN SPELL SIMPLE GRADE 1 SPELLING WORDS. REASON - THEY LEARN ENGLISH LATE WHY ARE 9 YEAR OLDS TAUGHT 9 LA - SUBJECTS, WHEREAS THEY WERE DOING 3 FROM GRADE 1 - 3 (6 - 8 YEARS)DEPT OF EDUCATION IS CONFUSING OUR KIDS. STOP COPING EDUCATION SYSTEM WHICH CAN'T WORK. OUR CLASSES HAVE +50 KIDS FROM GRADE 1 - 9. IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS CLASSES HAVE LESS THAN 30 KIDS

  • piet.strydom - 2011-06-30 03:15

    My daughter goes to school in America, at admittedly an outstanding school. Her lowest mark this year was 84%, with a GPA of 3.29. She stands 144th out of 35o children. This is what South Africa is competing against....

  • Professor - 2011-06-30 07:24

    THIS IS WONDERFUL NEWS!! It means that the natives are progressing quite well. Please remember that to bring a primitive group of people into the modern age quickly is extremely difficult, if not impossible. 300 years ago they were wearing animal skins and living in trees, so dont be shocked by these statistics.

  • Glen - 2011-06-30 07:44

    All that is needed is a committed teacher and a willing student. Apart from that, no problem...........

  • Mike - 2011-06-30 12:00

    Apalling. A radical shakeup is needed, and needed fast. Step one -- ban Sadtu. Step 2 -- fire all principals of schools that are underperforming. Step 3 -- Hire new principals on the basis of ability and ability alone, and relegate "cadre deployment" and "jobs for pals" to the rubbish heap. Step 4 -- Institute an effective inspectorate to audit school performance and hammer schools that allow teachers to go shopping when they should be teaching (and, of course, fire the teachers, since without Sadtu protecting the incompetent, there'll be no reason to allow incompetence). Step 5 -- Institute an effective, controlled, procurement system to ensure all schools are properly resourced with learning materials and books. At the moment we have a budget of around R160 billion to run about 27 000 schools and 13 million learners. That works out to around R6 million per school per year, or R12 000 per pupil per year. Clearly money is NOT the problem here.

  • RAM - 2011-06-30 13:35

    This does not come as a surprise at all because it simply means that “We” the South African are not doing things correctly, the society at large. Education by all means should be a ‘COLLECTIVE EFFORT’ by all stakeholders involved; this is the Parents, the Teachers, and Learners. Once one link is missing or not contributing you get these RESULTS… I like to borrow some words from our very own DR NELSON MANDELA when he once said: “South Africa belongs to all who live in it…,” people lets all get involve in which ever possible way and help where ever where we can, I’m even out of the school yard. In the end is the future of our country that will suffer if we all just do talking.

  • shakie - 2011-06-30 13:55

    I read most of the comments and its dissapointing what people say - ok, my little girl is doing grade 2 - she has passed with flying colours (I have recieved her report) and am very happy about it.But why many kids fail - it is simple, if u are a parent with a kid at school, u will agree with me - EVERY DAY, I MEAN EVERY DAY, my kids are home with Numeracy and Literacy home work - I dedicate at least 1hour per day for my little girl and tell u what, she is brilliant - now if u as a parent dont attend to your kid's home work, and your kid fail - who do u BLAME - ANC, DA, TEACHERS et al? Nop, I blame U the parent for NEGLETING YOUR KIDS - Be responsible as a parent and teach your kids - and stop thinking ANC OR DA will help your kid. U NEED TO CHECK YOUR INTERNAL LOCUS OF CONTROL - IF U BLAME OTHER - THEN YOUR KIDS ARE DOOMED.

  • Otto Hoffmann - 2011-06-30 14:53

    @YBNS Just reading your posts gives everyone here a very good idea of your intellect.Just another double diggit IQ ANS ass kissing racist.

  • Otto Hoffmann - 2011-06-30 15:02

    ANC*

  • Karyn Romeis - 2011-06-30 22:26

    What reports like this fail to consider is how broken the assessment model is in the first instance. It was designed for a world in which information was scarce. We now live in a world of ubiquitous access to information. The assessment model should be changed to reflect that. The results of assessments like this bear absolutely no relation for reality. The current education system (pretty much globally) is doing a great job of preparing kids for the 1950s!

  • Nelia - 2011-07-01 11:13

    According to the BDoE the fewer subjects for grade 4 - 6 will only be from 2013 and NOT from next year (2012)

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