Learn from neigh­bours to fix ail­ing ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Sandile Ntuli

THE GOV­ERN­MENT spends much more money on ed­u­ca­tion when com­pared with its SADC coun­ter­parts, Botswana and Zim­babwe, yet their ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems are su­pe­rior.

The late for­mer US pres­i­dent John F Kennedy said: “A child mise­d­u­cated is a child lost.”

The crop of young­sters in our pub­lic schools proves the truth­ful­ness of this ob­ser­va­tion as the SA ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem is de­signed to teach chil­dren the CPF (Cram-PassFor­get) for­mula and there­after spit them out into the abyss of hope­less­ness and in­equal­ity.

This one-size-fits-all ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion de­nies “slow” pupils who would rather work with their hands a first-class ticket to op­por­tu­nity.

We know we have a gen­er­a­tion of lost chil­dren when half the chil­dren who start Grade 1 don’t make it to Grade 12, when there’s a bur­geon­ing class of un­em­ploy­able youth.

A mer­i­to­cratic state must re­place the cur­rent kak­istoc­racy to stem the in­flux of lost chil­dren. How? By find­ing out what Zim­babwe and Botswana are do­ing right, and in­tro­duc­ing en­trepreneur­ship as a sub­ject. Joburg

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