Reformation Of Our School System

2014-01-29 21:14

According to Wits vice chancellor Professor Adam Habib, matric students who go on to pass in straight “As” fail to obtain 50% of university entrance examination.

He further said that students lack technical skills in reading, mathematics and grammar.

To quote Habib: “Students do not have the foundation for a first year degree and 55% of those who make it to university do not complete their degrees”.

What does all this convey to us? Do we need to examine the examination standards? Are schools satisfying the requirements of universities? Are we sufficiently preparing students for life after school? Do students have the necessary study skills, strategies, or techniques to help them cope with the volume of work?

In this regard I support the call made by University of Free State vice chancellor Professor Jonathan Jansen, that the department of education should set a 50% pass mark to get South African's education system on track.

I believe that together with increasing the matric pass rate we also need to improve the quality of education. We need to focus on the basics or foundation of education and that is reading, writing and maths.

This will help improve the quality of the matric examination and will provide the universities with what they require.

With so much of talent in our youth and access to information around, parents should not accept low performance from their children and mediocrity or compromising on academic standards from schools.

Parents and educators should be supportive, realistic and take out the best from every student with dedication, love and care.

Professor Habib raises some important and valid points about the standard and quality of our matric learners.

However, the big question is whether the gate keepers of our learning programmes or curriculum, institutions and organisations will listen to Professor Habib and Jonathan Jansen and allow such progressive thinking and transformation?

It pays to keep our congregations, constituents, followers, leaners and masses ill-informed because they are the recipients and guardians of the financial funding’s required for the upkeep of these institutions.

How better to keep the influx of revenue than to make sure the rightful inheritors remain the believing “flocks” following their “shepherds”

At a recently concluded conference in Azaadville, Gauteng province, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdulla Badawi said that quality education is the solution to many social ills and negative influences like racism, extremism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, intolerance and breaking the cycles of poverty, crime and unemployment.

The stark vacuum of competent leaderships begs for a revival in educating the youth. Independent, original, critical thinking is an imperative in these challenging times.

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