Why Have We Not Resolved The Educational Imbalance Yet?
For over 50 years Apartheid education was deliberately designed to privilege whites and disadvantage black South Africa. The South African education system still propagates the inequality of the Apartheid era, with 20 years into democracy South Africa is having one of the highest budgets spending on education in the world (20% GDP).
An essential element to understand is that history alone is not the only reason why South African’s education system is in a crisis. Listed below are a few challenges faced by South Africa’s education system and possible solutions to consider.
- Children are not acquiring the 3 basic R’s of education:
- South African teachers have not acquired the basic academic and content knowledge competencies needed to educate the youth.
- Educational resources are being used in a non- efficient manner with little or no accountability and transparency.
Possible Solutions to Tackle Challenges:
- Focus on the 3 basic R’s of education should be implemented at an early stage of the schooling system.
- Training should be acquired for the teachers within an institution. At Eskilz, we offer training courses, including skills development which will assist in this factor of education. Take a look at our website for further information about our courses and the benefits of them:
- A system of internal controls should be put in place to increase accountability, transparency of the leaning process and the use of resources towards education at all government levels and in the classroom.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela.
Education is such an important pillar towards South Africa’s development pathway because a proper education remains the only way to break the cycle of underdevelopment and poverty in South Africa.
A high standard of education has the potential to increase the employability or income generating capacity of South Africa’s majority poor and thereby enabling them to be employed and have a positive impact on South Africa’s educational and economic state.