Editorials
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3 Sep 2021
6:30 pm

The transformation SA needs most is in education

Editorials

Most South African pupils in public high schools are ill-prepared for Grade 12 and university.

South African education needs overhaul. Picture for illustration: Neil McCartney

Even though the disruptions of the Covid pandemic are being used to explain how our education system has been hard hit by lost teaching time, there are more fundamental reasons to be worried about our schooling. University of Cape Town’s School of Education associate professor Joanne Hardman and Wits University mathematics education associate professor Craig Pournara have painted a gloomy picture of the post-apartheid public education system which, they said, needed an overhaul. They said most South African pupils in public high schools are ill-prepared for Grade 12 and university, due to a decline in science, technology, engineering and mathematics...