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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. 

Matriculants Not Ready for Exams – Unions

Teachers unions in KwaZulu-Natal say that the trial exams have shown that most matriculants in the province are not prepared for the new curriculum finals.
 
The National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africaconducted a snap survey after the trials, questioning teacher training in the new curriculum and whether pupils were coping with the standard of the national exams.

iSEEK Education

iSEEK Education is a targeted search engine for students, teachers, administrators and caregivers. This site offers authoritative resources from university, government, and established non-commercial providers; organises results into concept clusters, and also allows users to recommend and rate sites.

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Maths and Science vs Morals and Values – A Reply to Julie Staub

When I first read the article “Maths and Science vs Morals and Values” by Julie Staub, Fundraising Coordinator at OutwardBound (NGO Pulse, No.139), I thought there was a new dark comedy section in NGO Pulse - the kind you find captioned with a cartoon.

In response to what has been described as the cause of the skills crisis in this country, Staub writes: “I believe that we need to teach our youth more about morals and values than maths and science.

Back to Basics Approach to Quality Education

Critical Opinion Piece

In a speech promoting literacy, the Minister of Education described education as a “national emergency” and called on teachers, parents, the private sector, unions and learners to participate in providing solutions which cannot be provided solely by the State.

The facts are disturbing. A Grade 3 departmental systemic evaluation revealed literacy scores of 54 percent and listening and comprehension scores of 68 percent. Reading and writing scored 39 percent and numeracy, 30 percent.

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