Sunday, December 06, 2009

DA Statement on Education

HAT TIP: BLACK COFFEE

Very few people would dispute the value of a good education. Success, particularly in the global knowledge economy, depends on it. Those with a good education - whatever their social circumstances - can fulfill their potential. Those without it are destined to remain dependent on state handouts to survive.

Despite a broad consensus on the importance of a good education, we are a long way off from ensuring that all our children get one. In fact, all indicators show that our education system is in decline.

In the Trends in International Mathematics and Science study, South Africa has been ranked last of the participating countries every year, dropping 25 places between 1995 and 2003. We no longer participate in the survey. We were ranked last in the most recent (2006) Progress in International Reading Literacy Survey.

Given the obvious decline in the quality of our schooling, it is curious that education is rarely cited as a key national priority by respondents in social surveys. Unemployment and crime (perhaps understandably) always top the list with education following by some distance, if at all. Many people obviously do not make the connection that, if our education system was better, unemployment would be lower and fewer people would turn to crime.

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3 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

"Those with a good education - whatever their social circumstances - can fulfil their potential."

Ummmm....ever heard of affirmative action?

Anonymous said...

"Many people obviously do not make the connection that, if our education system was better, unemployment would be lower and fewer people would turn to crime."


Right - What shit are we up against today? If you dont have the mindset to get ahead, education will not be forthcomming in any event.

Anonymous said...

"In the Trends in International Mathematics and Science study, South Africa has been ranked last of the participating countries every year"

Well, with a population that has an average IQ of 67 why are we surprised by this?