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Type Journal Article - Africa Institute of South Africa
Title The failing standard of basic education in South Africa
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Issue 72
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2012
URL http://www.purpletod.co.za/docs/FAILING STANDARDS.pdf
Abstract
In South Africa there are many signs that show that there is a crisis in education. With high enrolment rates each year, and increasingly poor grade 12 output, it is clear that more concentration needs to be focused on the quality of education. Quantity should, however, also be considered when the majority of those learners who pass matric do not meet the minimum requirements for university entrance. In addition, of the number of learners enrolled in grade 1, only half make it to grade 12. It has been established that a number of factors or problems
hinder learners from receiving a good standard of education. These include: parents’ lack of participation in their children’s education and the weak functioning of School Governing Bodies (SGBs). SGBs were formed in all South African public schools to oversee the administration of the schools, but they are often sidelined due to the lack of formal education and training of members, especially in the area of finance and general administration of the school. Good leadership in schools is also needed to make sure that teachers attend to their classes diligently and learners take the importance of education seriously. Government needs to ensure that teachers are trained accordingly and schools have adequate basic resources. This paper will discuss these factors that have been identified as causing the drop in the standard of education in South Africa, and some recommendations will be made to improve this untenable situation.

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