Be­yond the norm

Grocott's Mail - - YOUR SAY -

Teach­ers are ex­traor­di­nar­ily re­source­ful peo­ple. Gro­cott’sMail’s visit to public schools on open­ing day re­vealed them hav­ing found work­arounds for chal­lenges that in­cluded too few class­rooms, too few teach­ers, work­book de­lays, too many pupils and no fur­ni­ture.

What emerged was a pic­ture of pro­fes­sion­als fo­cused on get­ting the busi­ness of teach­ing and learn­ing un­der way. For most Gra­ham­stown schools, at least, there’s enough in­fra­struc­ture for them to op­er­ate. Start­ing to show their ef­fects are var­i­ous ini­tia­tives to boost the re­sources of schools across the city.

You’ll have read on the pre­vi­ous page about the ex­traor­di­nary suc­cess story that is the Gadra Ma­tric School.

Last week, you read about the role of or­gan­i­sa­tions such as youth ed­u­ca­tion-fo­cused NGOs Ikamva Youth and Inku­l­uleko and in com­ing weeks, you can read in Gro­cott’sMail about Rhodes Univer­sity Vice Chan­cel­lor Sizwe Mabizela’s ed­u­ca­tion project.

Gra­ham­stown is very lucky to have ded­i­cated and skilled peo­ple who un­der­stand how im­por­tant ed­u­ca­tion is to the fu­ture of every­one who lives here.

But in other parts of the Eastern Cape, of 60 schools that Equal Ed­u­ca­tion vis­ited at the end of Novem­ber (when it be­came il­le­gal for South African schools to be with­out wa­ter, elec­tric­ity or toi­lets, or to be built from wood, mud, as­bestos or cor­ru­gated iron), 17 were in vi­o­la­tion of the Norms and Stan­dards set out in a court rul­ing three years ago.

It seems that teach­ers have the right at­ti­tude, but some­one else hasn’t.


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