Is there a bigger problem in South Africa than the country’s schooling system? If education could be improved, millions could lift themselves and others in their family networks out of poverty. That, in turn, would generate economic growth and feed a virtuous circle.
Eustace Davie of the Free Market Foundation highlights that education is antiquated the world over, however, in South Africa there are extra challenges. Davie says new laws could help change the shape of the schooling system and South Africa in general.
But, improvements will take time to work through the system and, with no immediate short-term benefits for the powerful ruling clique that has placed self-interest ahead of the national interest, it is hard to imagine schooling taking priority in Parliament in 2017.