You know, we have all heard about the 2013 matric results. We have seen it discussed at length and seen how they have been contested. We all know that for ages now the standard of education in South Africa is worthless. And yet routinely I have to listen to the diehard ANC supporters telling us just how much better the new education is especially in light of the old Bantu Education.
Well, as I have been saying for ages now, at least matriculants under the Bantu Education system knew how to, read, write, do basic arithmetic and make a basic argument - not so with the matriculants from today. These kids are illiterate and are given a matric certificate which states that they have received results which are acceptable to the government to allow them to go to university. And that pass mark is 30%.
I had an old principal who used to drum it into our heads constantly at school that you did not GET an education - you earned one. That means you work for it. His favourite example was the payment one: if you get 30% for the subject you should only be paid 30c of every Rand you earn. If you get 90% you get 90c of every Rand. Now if only we could get schools to see this? But wishing sometimes makes me sad.
The latest study to come out states that a majority of matric students (ie: ones who have been in formal schooling for at least 12 years) cannot write in paragraphs, do not understand matric exam questions and are unfamiliar with the key terminology used in their subjects.