literacy

Quality of SA Education Still Low - SAIRR Study

According to the Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR), access to education may have increased dramatically since 1994 but quality is still below what the country needs.

In its latest survey, SAIRR points out that of the 500 000 learners wrote matric exams in 2007, only 15 percent or half the 1980 pass rate, obtained university entrance standard. It further says the Western Cape achieved a pass rate of 25 percent compared to nine percent for the Eastern Cape.

South Africa’s Quality of Education Poor – HSRC

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has found that the quality of education in South Africa fares badly in comparison with that of other poorer countries.

HSRC’s chief research specialist at the education research unit, Cas Prinsloo, says trends in international and national pupil performance shows dismal performance in mathematics, science and literature. 

3rd Reading Association of South Africa Conference

The University of KwaZulu-Natal in partnership with the Reading Association of South Africa, is hosting the 3rd Reading Association of South Africa (RASA) conference from 7-9 November 2008 in KwaZulu-Natal.

Hosted under the theme” Readers for Life” the conference aims to provide a platform for all professionals in the field of literacy, policy makers, teachers, higher education institutions, NGOs and all the others who work in this field of education, to continue the discourse around critical issues in literacy.

The Literacy Crisis

The South African government has committed billions of rands to support initiatives to enable various government departments and SETAs to improve literacy levels. Despite this, it appears difficult to realise the goals of these initiatives.

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