Clean up school progress sys­tem

Daily News - - VIEWS & ANALYSIS -

AS I WATCH videos of vi­o­lence at schools across the coun­try, there seems to be one school af­ter another in some sort of fix.

Pupils lock­ing out teachers, teachers for­ni­cat­ing with pupils, of­fi­cials sell­ing posts, unions fraught with cor­rup­tion, union bosses get­ting fat­ter while mem­bers get thin­ner, and ex­cuses are made to pro­tect a sys­tem which is to­tally bad for South Africa as a whole.

How can a teacher be ex­pected to an­swer for a lazy pupil that has been pro­gressed from foun­da­tion phase through to ma­tric? The sys­tem does not al­low for a pupil to re­peat a grade in a phase more than once, for ex­am­ple, if you fail grade 1, you can­not fail grade 3, even if you should.

Now we have the Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment ques­tion­ing its own sys­tem and why there’s such a high per­cent­age of these pupils pushed through the sys­tem, and teachers are be­ing forced to an­swer for a sys­tem that many don’t nec­es­sar­ily agree with.

This en­cour­ages lazi­ness and pretty soon we are go­ing to be a na­tion of id­iots where com­mon sense has gone out the win­dow.

Even­tu­ally the univer­sity pass re­quire­ments will be down­graded so South Africa looks like a na­tion of pro­fes­sion­als, but the qual­i­fi­ca­tions will not be worth the pa­per they are writ­ten on.

Pussy­foot­ing and cov­er­ing up the cracks can only work to an ex­tent be­fore prob­lems sur­face.

Well-per­form­ing schools be­come un­der-per­form­ing schools when teachers with­out the knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence are made prin­ci­pals.

Iron­i­cally, and I note with con­cern, the chil­dren of

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Bring back cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment, says a reader.

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