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SA Education system the 4th worst in the world according to Newsweek

Newsweek‘s (16 August 2010) list of the world’s best countries put South Africa at 82nd overall, and ranks our education system 97th out of 100, which is 4th from the bottom. South Africa’s education performance is even ranked below countries like Mozambique, Bangladesh and Iran, states less wealthy or less free.

Newsweek explained that the best performing school systems do the following things very well:

  • They have high-quality pre-school provision, which does more for a child’s chances in school than any other intervention.
  • The best schools have students who arrive early at school, leave later, attend more regularly and come on Saturdays when they need to.
  • Superior schools have teachers who thrive on the effort, investment and care put into their training, and who respond well to ongoing evaluation and performance bonuses.
  • Great schools help struggling students through individual attention and mentorship.

To read more go to Wilmot James’ article on Politicsweb by Clicking Here!

or go to Liesl Peyper’s Afrikaans article in the Beeld newspaper by Clicking Here!

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