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South African schools fared poorly in WEF Report

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!


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!