So what’s to be done about this shambles? Well, government has already admitted that they have lost control of the department of basic education, with teacher appointments in the hands of the unions instead of the department… fucking scary.
Ok, how do we fix it? That’s where one of the country’s greatest minds in education comes in. University of the Free State vice-chancellor Jonathan Jansen has been at the forefront of education for a large chunk of his impressive career; that said, he’s not always been very forgiving od the state of education in the country and this year he’s really digging in to the impotent department of education.
According to Jansen, the country’s “disregard for competence” can be seen in how government policies have essentially “dumbed down the school system” since the 90’s.
“We created a watered-down mathematics stream for those who, we were told, could not do maths,” he said.
“We gave legitimacy (and a university-entrance point) to life orientation when, in the past, guidance (or the lack thereof) had no consequences.”
“We used to add marks to the grades of non-native speakers writing in English. More than one study has pointed to the inflation of grades, no doubt to make the national pass percentage look good.”
So, we ask again: how can we fix a system that our government has actively worked at destroying? Well, Jansen posted ten key solutions on his Facebook page that, when combined, will kick our schooling system back into gear.
There you have it; the unions won’t be verry happy should we implement these, neither will some teachers for that matter, but what’s the alternative?