Poor matric marks are the result of 12 years of bad education
THE only three Rs obtained through the current education system have been Rotten, Rotten and Rotten.
This is very much a chicken-andegg syndrome. Pay teachers well and get better quality? I’m not convinced.
Teachers are born and if passion and dedication don’t run through their veins, they have lost the plot before they have even begun. We all need and yearn for a good income, but nobody has ever chosen teaching as a career because it pays well.
The grassroots-level of education in our public schools is just not firm enough. Whatever happened to the use of the English language? Learners are unable to write essays any longer without SMS-abbreviated lingo. They lack knowledge of grammatical rules, syntax and sentence construction.
They don’t visit libraries and read books, but rather vegetate in front of the television, and use MXit and spellchecks. Of course, we need to move with the times, but we can’t cheat our children of basic fundamentals.
Everything has gone out of the window in today’s education system. The hidden agenda in days gone by of polite and respectful children is seriously lacking. Teachers lack discipline. When discipline is absent, teachers are unable to teach and learners to learn.
Why is it acceptable for children to sit and “work” with music in their ears? A trite explanation is it helps the ADHD child to concentrate. Nothing is further from the truth. Such behaviour was never thought of in days gone by, when the education system produced well-educated people.
Our children are not receiving the firm and solid foundation of past teaching methods and curriculums. The system of Reading, ’Riting and ’Rithmetic” produced a far better standard of education. Children of parents who can’t afford the outrageous fees of private schools – which do provide better teaching – are unfairly deprived. It is grossly unfair that lack of finance equates to a lower level of education. The child’s academic or cognitive potential is a separate issue. The focus should be on equal opportunity for a sound education.
The lack of good education paralyses our children’s future. Young adults may not realise matric is merely a launching pad and not a full stop in the education system. They may wake up as uneducated adults with regrets they didn’t further their education. But what chance do they have without a solid start – paving the journey to well-educated, sound people – which should have begun 12 years (or more) before matric?
Ironically, the outcry only occurs with the release of matric results at the end of the academic year. It seems to be the only measure the education department has to assess where the loopholes are in the system.
Is there no method of assessment throughout the year to catch learners (and teachers) before they fall?
Where are the school inspectors who used to assess the teachers (who window-dressed in time for them)?
Will mouths drop open, aghast yet again, at the end of 2010 when results reflect the shortfalls? Money has been poured into the World Cup, as opposed to funding education (and housing), and terms are being cut short.