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 1 February, 2011 by Johann van Wyk
The latest South Africa Survey recently released by the South African Institute for Race Relations have found amongst others that Model C schools (former whites-only schools) were still setting the pace for quality education. Race was found to be less important as a factor of scholastic achievement than the type of school a child attends. The matric rate for blacks in Model C schools in 2009 was 88%, compared to only 55% overall in all government schools. Coloured pupils in Model C schools achieved an 88 % pass rate compared to 76% overall while Indian pupils achieved 98 % compared to 92 % overall.
To read more go to Deon de Lange’s Mercury article on IOL by Clicking Here!
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Posted on 14 September, 2010 by Johann van Wyk
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s plan to spend R750m on workbooks for all primary school pupils in public schools was called into question recently by research that shows a workbook makes no more difference to educational performance than a textbook. The idea of giving children workbooks was first put forward by Ms Motshekga at the end of last year when she listed several changes to the school curriculum, but an initial promise to make workbooks available for the start of this school year was withdrawn when a R522m tender for 45-million pupil workbooks and parent guidelines for monitoring homework was recalled due to shoddy work.
“It is not workbooks that make the difference … (research shows) it is the presence of books that does,” JET Education Services senior researcher Nick Taylor said recently at a Pretoria workshop on what could be done to strengthen education in South Africa.
To read more go to Sue Blaine’s article “South Africa: research challenges plan to supply workbooks” in Business Day on allAfrica.com by Clicking Here!
OR read Alison Moody’s article “SOUTH AFRICA: Row over research into school books” in University World News Africa Edition by Clicking Here!
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Posted on 16 July, 2010 by Johann van Wyk
From 2011 more pupils in South African schools will have access to free education, the South African Department of Basic Education announced recently.
This has been welcomed by Naptosa, but it also warned, that the system would now have to focus on the quality of the education provided. This observation is crucial since the current roll-out of no-fee schools has drawn sharp criticism for its failure to properly resource such schools.
To read more go to Tebeogo Monama’s article in the Sowetan by Clicking Here!
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Posted on 10 October, 2008 by Johann van Wyk
The South Africa Department of Education has launched a new system aimed at tracking the movements of pupils from school to school. Called the Learner Unit Record Information and Tracking System (LURITS), the system will assign each pupil a unique tracking number that will remain with the pupil throughout his or her school career, giving school officials accurate learner enrollment data according to the South African Minister of Education Naledi Pandor.
The intention of the system is to collect the unit record data of each learner in the country from Grade R to Grade 12 and to track the movement of each learner from school to school throughout their school careers and to keep a history of each learner in the system. The system will also be able to identify individual learners who have left the system and will be able to compile accurate profiles of these learners.
To read more on the Learner Unit Record Information and Tracking System (LURITS) Click Here!
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