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 24 August, 2012 by Johann van Wyk
Education in South Africa is in serious traouble, the FW de Klerk foundation said recently.
“Poor education lies at the root of most of South Africa’s problems, including unemployment, poverty and inequality”, it said in a statement.
The recent Limpopo textbook scandal was simply a sympton of much wider malaise. The crisis was also not because of a lack of resources. In 2011 the country spent 6 % of its gross domestic product on education.
The education system is failing to achieve basic standards of literacy and numeracy in grades three and six. This can be seen in the ranking of South Africa’s education system by the World Economic Forum as 133rd out of 142 countries.
To read more go to the SAPA article on News24 by Clicking Here!
Filed under: African National Congress, Department of Basic Education, Department of Higher Education and Training, Edu News (South Africa), Literacy, numeracy, South Africa, teaching | Tagged: Crisis, Education, education system, Failure, FW de Klerk Foundation, literacy, numeracy, problem, South Africa, standard, State of Education | Comments Off on Education in crisis – FW de Klerk Foundation
Posted on 24 August, 2012 by Johann van Wyk
The ‘monumental failure’ in South African education was not Hendrik Verwoerd’s fault, but that of the current South African government, former anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele recently said at the Educational Management Association Conference, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. This is in contrast to a statement made by President Jacob Zuma in which he blamed Verwoerd for the mess in South African schools. Ramphele said children under apartheid’s “gutter” education were better educated than today.
“By jove, at least the kids could write and read. And many of them understood history and understood geography”, she said.
To read more got to Leanne Jansen’s article in The Mercury on IOL News by Clicking Here!
or to read more go to Anne Sewell’s article in the Digital Journal by Clicking 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 7 January, 2010 by Johann van Wyk
Half a million South African graduates are without jobs because they don’t have enough occupational experience according to a Ivor Blumenthal chief executive of the Service Seta (Sector Education and Training Authority). He believes universities don’t offer enough on-the-job training for their graduates. To read more go to Nkosana Lekotjolo’s article in the Sunday Times newspaper article at http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/article204824.ece
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