Tuesday, July 05, 2011

OBE’s cost to SA’s young people

de_3cThis is so typical.  In their desire to bin everything created by the previous government, the ANC buggered up the lives of thousands of youngsters with the joke which is OBE.  But I guess it all fits in with their plan to have total control of the sheeple to keep them in power till Jesus returns.  And the previous government is accused of providing sub-standard education?


from TimesLive: OBE's cost too high to calculate among SA's young people

The Times Editorial: Few South Africans will mourn the demise of the Outcomes-Based Education system forced on the nation's children more than a decade ago. At least a generation of young South Africans has been cannon fodder for an experiment in educational engineering.

Judging from utterances from the ANC and the government, no one should expect an apology or even an admission that South Africa's post-apartheid administration was driven by a far too impulsive desire to erase the bitterness of Christian National Education.

That four successive ministers were involved with an education system abandoned by the First World speaks of a certain arrogance to proceed without caution. Instead of opting for a slower pace of change and taking a long-term view of our country's skills and employment needs, they were driven by a political desire to cast aside the past.

Certainly, there will be no apology to the young man from Giyani or the young woman from Butterworth that they have been part of an experiment that failed abysmally.

Instead, the government and its education minister presented their new plans on Tuesday with a graceless refusal to acknowledge they have grossly underestimated the negative impact that OBE would have on this nation's children and teachers. But while a new system will replace OBE, there is a legacy that must be dealt with.

There will be confusion among teachers who have haplessly attempted to cope with the demands of OBE.

New systems cost money, and new textbooks and new resources will have to be allocated to public schools across South Africa.

Ultimately, though, the cost cannot be calculated in rand terms. How does one begin to calculate the cost of child's ruined future?

1 Opinion(s):

Sani Moyo said...

Public education being so messed is the same reason that if you are in South Africa you either live behind a high hall or wish you did.

We will never win the battle against crime or transition to a first world country proper if we do not fix this education mess.