Tell em again how the education is South Africa is better now than it was during Apartheid? Tell me again how we should be proud of our matrics who managed to pass (by working very hard) with 30%? Tell me again why I should in any way look at those kids with a matric certificate as educated? And tell me again how universities need to make sure that they make space for as many "lennas" as possible who finish matric with a "bachelor" pass?
If you attempt do any of those things even halfway convincingly then I should redirect you to a facility for the mentally impaired where you can have your brain rewired to think like normal people. I say this for one very specific reason - even
so-called straight-A students are failing university entrance exams. This is apparently because they struggle with basic arithmetic and grammar. I ask you, with tears in my eyes, how the hell can you give someone a matric certificate which indicates that they have performed adequately at school level and then even endorse those passes as worthy of university entrance when they cannot even add and write in full sentences?
Now I will probably be called a racist and pessimist and right-wing nutcase for saying this - but these kids are all useless and will add nothing to the country. And I say this because they are completely uneducated. They are not even trainable! This is evident from the fact that after, at least, 12 years of schooling they STILL cannot read or write properly.
Now please, go on to say that this is a poverty issue, I dare you! This has nothing whatsoever to do with poverty. This is simply the complete failure of the education system (proudly brought to you by the great minds of those ANC criminals) to provide even the most basic of quality education. They have dumbed the system down to a fraction of its former self. They have allowed people with no formal qualifications to play teacher with young minds. They have allowed unions to run roughshod over them at a distinct disadvantage to the kids. And Bantu Education was worse??? Pull the other leg.
Poverty has a minimal effect on education. Teachers should be able to teach WITHOUT textbooks and Xeroxed worksheets. They should be able to use nothing more than a blackboard and lesson outline to teach kids. The same way they did it in centuries past. Why is it so wrong to expect students and teachers to take the learning seriously? Why should we not expect children to take notes and to do homework? Teachers should be expected to mark that homework too. The worst effect poverty can have on a child is the fact that they may not be eating properly, in which case I'm almost positive that the ANC government promised to star feeding schemes at these schools? But wait, that money was stolen by principals and teachers or else never made it to the schools at all!
But, I hear you say, parents are uneducated and therefore cannot help their kids with homework! Really? Now that's an excuse? Parents don't help with homework? Now let me see, my parents helped me with my homework in the following ways:
1. They listened to me read; (bantu education taught kids to read very well)
2. They provided the tools for me to do projects; (ie library access - public - and the materials) and
3. Oh wait... I was expected to do my own homework!
And I managed to pass matric with distinction (ie: 6 A's and B) and I am not the most intelligent person on the planet - I just worked damn hard (while playing sports and taking part in cultural activities as well and school leadership). And we were also not rich, so I went to a government school, my school fees were never paid on time and we often went home to a house without power - especially after my dad lost his job to make way for BEE candidates. Your excuses are now nullified.
But wait! Schools somehow seem to have endless funds to teach kids about sex! What sex they can have. How to please your partner. How to please yourself. Homosexual sex. Kinky sex. And a million and one other things in that vein. And then they seem surprised when young girls get pregnant (8 of them from one school dropped out in the first week of school) or when we discover that over 25% of school girls are HIV positive.
I personally couldn't give a damn what the pass rates are (ie: how many kids are passing). What I do care about is the quality of the pass. Just looking at the difficulty level (the ANC has brought everyone down to the same lower grade level even if they should have been at higher grade) between pre-1994 and post-1994 matric paper it is clear that any kid getting 80% today would at BEST be a 50% student back then. We are breeding whole generations of functionally illiterate and sexually deviant kids that will one day take over the running of the country... God help us all.
Top matrics fail university entry exams: Habib
Thursday 23 January 2014 06:00
Straight "A" matric students are failing university entry exams. It has emerged that even students that get seven distinctions fail to obtain 50% in university entrance exams.
This was revealed by Wits University vice-chancellor, Adam Habib.
He said this at the Sowetan Dialogues held in Soweto on Wednesday night.
Habib says in addition, 55% of those who make it to university do not complete their degrees.
He says this is because these students struggle with arithmetic and grammar.
"Some of it has to do with technical skills, reading, mathematics, they do not have the foundation for a first year degree so we are now unrolling a major programme around identifying students that are struggling and providing them with mentorship and support and we should not delude ourselves that our education system is producing enough quality students so that they can perform," says
Meanwhile, Basic Education Department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi says while it is true that there is a problem of high drop out rates, there were other factors that were not being taken into consideration in this debate.
He says those factors include learners in jail, repetition, learners opting for FET Colleges, private and overseas education, the quality of teaching and learning and lack of remedial support.
Lesufi came down hard on those who said apartheid pass rates were better.
"Apartheid had what you call higher grade, standard grade and lower grade. And the pass mark of lower grade was 25%. If you check the matric pass at that time it's what you called aggregate pass which means you needed to reach 720 marks for you to pass regardless of how you perform in other subjects, as long as you have 720 marks you pass."