Posted on 3 October, 2012 by Johann van Wyk
In February last year 9 million pupils from grades 2 to 10 across all nine provinces of South Africa sat for the Annual National Assessments, tests that gauged their ability to write, read and count.
The results were dismal.
The overall average score was 30 percent, with even lower results in maths and languages across all grades.
A qualitative analysis of the results showed the following:
- Pupils in grades 1 to 3 performed better, but scores were much lower from grades 4 to 6
- 21 % of the Grade 3s showed competence in comprehension, that is the ability to understand written text
- 25 % of Grade 3s showed competence to apply basic numeracy skills to solve everyday problems
- 49% of the Grade 4s could comprehend what they were reading
- 8 % of the Grade 4s could change sentences given in past tense to present tense (language usage)
- 20 % of Grade 5s could correctly convert sentences in the past to the present tense (language usage)
- 12 % of Grade 4s could respond to simple questions about a story and give reasons that support their answer (thinking and reasoning)
- 11 % of Grade 5s could answer simple questions and respond to emotions from a story (thinking and reasoning)
- 23 % of Grade 6s could understand what was happening in the story they were reading (reading and viewing)
- 5 % were able to write an introduction and conclusion when writing a text
- the percentage of Grade 6s competent in patterns, functions and algebra ranged from 9 to 45 percent (mathematics)
To read more go to Nontobeko Mtshali’s article on IOL News, by Clicking Here!
To go to the Report on qualitative analysis of ANA 2011 results Click Here!
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Posted on 13 September, 2012 by Johann van Wyk
South African primary schools were placed 132th out of 144 countries with regard to quality teaching, and 115th with regard to access by children to these schools. This is the findings of the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report 2012/2013.
A positive point however was that South Africa’s Higher Education and Training sector as a whole was placed at 84th position. This could be because South Africa has a number of world-class universties, according to Graeme Bloch, an independent Education expert.
With regards to the quality of mathematics and science education South Africa was placed second last.
Countries with the best primary education according to the report is Belgium, Finland, New Zealand, Singapore, Netherlands, Iceland and Canada.
To read more go to Alet Rademeyer’s article in the Afrikaans newspaper Beeld by Clicking Here!
To read the WEF Global Competitiveness Report 2012/2013, Click Here!
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Posted on 18 July, 2012 by Johann van Wyk
The investigation team, led by former higher education director general Mary Metcalfe, aimed at verifying how many textbooks Limpopo schools have received, were unable to make an accurate assessment of how many books have reached schools as yet.
The team measured deliveries at 10% of the province’s 4 000 schools under the watchful eye of unions, the Congress of South African Students, school governing body associations and the South African Principals’ Association.
Although the team could not complete a full audit of deliveries it did present some “very concerning” findings.
The team found that as of July 3 “only 48% of the books had been delivered to the schools, with 52% of the books still sitting in the district warehouse”, despite claims by the government Department of Basic Education, at a joint briefing with Section 27 on June 28, that approximately 98% of textbooks had been delivered to schools.
To read more go to Victoria John’s article in the Mail & Guardian by Clicking Here!
To download the Metcalfe Report Click Here!
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Posted on 6 July, 2012 by Johann van Wyk
Posted on 9 February, 2012 by Johann van Wyk
In a Green Paper on Post-School Education and Training, the South African government Department of Higher Education and Training recently announced its plans to raise university enrolments from the current 900 000 students to 1.5 million by 2030. Also mooted was a target of 4 million students for colleges and other post-school institutions – 6 times more than current numbers. These changes will raise the participation rate in post-school education of 18-24 year olds from the current 16% to 23%.
The Green Paper includes in its agenda:
- new funding;
- improvement of access to education and training opportunities;
- research on financial problems facing many students as well as poor living conditions and student support services;
- strengthening of institutions to improve education quality;
- the development of a post-school education and training system that is equitable, accessible and affordable to all sections of the population, with free education and training for the poor;
- support for previously disadvantaged universities, including asisstance to improve infrastructure and quality of teaching and research;
- reform of South Africa’s complex regulatory system, by doing away with duplication. and incoherence and inconsistency in the functioning parts of the system;
- building coherence between basic education and the post-school system and between the post-school system and the labour market;
- strengthening of collaboration between private and public sectors;
- expansion of distance education, using appropriate information communication technologies, other technologies and methods;
- the creation of two new universities in the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga provinces;
- improvement of throughput rates;
- addressing concern sbout low participation rate of Africans;
- addressing concern about decrease of male students;
- improvement of graduation rates in science, engineering and technology, because it is not meeting economic development objectives;
- strengthening of scholarship in the humanities;
- provision of resources and funding to strenthen teaching in universities, without reducing the importance of research;
- exploration of the possibility of partnerships between public and private institutions;
- strengthening of African languages as part of formal programmes
The Department of Higher Education and Training also plans to work with the Department of Science and Technology to ensure increased support for postgraduate study and for senior researchers, as well as a stable funding model for all educational institutions that conduct research. This means improving research capacity as a major focus for universities with a specific focus on meeting the country’s developmental objectives.
To read more go to Karen McGregor’s article on University World News by Clicking Here!
To read more go to Kim Cloete’s article at Cross Currents on MoneyWeb by Clicking Here!
To read the Green Paper on Post-School Education and Training Click Here!
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Posted on 14 October, 2011 by Johann van Wyk
A report by the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) shows that it is possible to to reform South Africa’s schooling system within 6 years.
“The country needs bold political leadership and a new social compact to improve the quality of schooling”, Ann Bernstein, executive director of CDE said when the report was released recently. The report, “School reform is possible: lessons for South Africa from international experience” summarises discussions that were held with experts from Brazil, Ghana, India and the United States, where significant schooling reforms were implemented.
More information on this can be found in the following articles:
To download the Report Click Here!
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Posted on 16 September, 2011 by Johann van Wyk
A report released by Transparency International (TI) titled “Mapping Transparency, Accountability, and Integrity in Primary Education in South Africa” shows that provincial education departments in South Africa are failing to deliver solid basic services to primary schools in South Africa.
The report found that schools received their budget allocations late, resulting in schools not having the required means to run their services effectively, and this had particular impact on the poorer non-fee-paying schools.
The report also showed that there was poor enforcement of rules and regulations by education departments, which led to weaknesses in the effectiveness and legitimacy of their work.
Other issued raised was:
- concern by schools’ leadership over embezzlement at provincial level
- low levels of participation, accountability and transparency at school level
- lack of of participation and support from parents
- staff absenteeism
- infrastructure (15 % of schools had no electricity and 10% no water supply; one out of two learners indicated that they are not always provided with a desk)
- sexual harassment and safety (one out of four learners felt that schools are unsafe and that rape and violence are major problems)
- lack of knowledge of rules and regulations governing some key transactions at school level
To read the original SAPA article on News24 Click Here!
To read the report “Mapping Transparency, Accountability, and Integrity in Primary Education in South Africa” , Click Here!
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Posted on 8 September, 2011 by Johann van Wyk
The recent South African Report on the National Assessments (ANA), showed that the poorest schools fared worst in national assessment tests.
The ANA written in February 2011, involving almost six million learners in primary schools throughout South Africa represents one of the most significant proactive interventions by Government to strengthen the foundational skills of Literacy and Numeracy among South African learners.
The report showed that primary school children from the provinces Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and Northwest could not even reach the basic skill levels for literacy and numeracy. The reason for this according to the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga is socio-economical.
Nationally learners in Grade 3 obtained an average of 35 % for literacy and 28 % for numeracy, and Grade 6 learners an average of 28 % for literacy and 30 % for numeracy.
The percentage of schools that could not obtain the basic literacy skills can be summed up as follows:
To read the Afrikaans article by Antoinette Pienaar in the Beeld newspaper Click Here!
To read the Report on Annual National Assessments of 2011 Click Here!
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Posted on 2 March, 2011 by Johann van Wyk
UNESCO has released the 2011 EFA Global Monitoring Report, ‘The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education.’ This report analyses the devastating effects of conflict on education.
To download the report Click Here!
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