Is it reasonable to expect excellence from rural and township schools?

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Covid-19 has cruelly exposed the disparities in social conditions between rural and township education institutions on the one hand, and those located in suburbia on the other. Picture: Denvor de Wee
Covid-19 has cruelly exposed the disparities in social conditions between rural and township education institutions on the one hand, and those located in suburbia on the other. Picture: Denvor de Wee

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Many schools carry a burden beyond the delivery of academic excellence, including nutrition, pregnancy, violence and inadequate infrastructure

Let me declare upfront that, at St John’s College in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, where I studied in the 1970s, academic excellence was a singular objective that was pursued vigorously by teachers and pupils.

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