A report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked the quality of South Africa’s maths and science education last out of 148 countries. But is the ranking an accurate reflection of the state of schooling in the country?
Aiming for 100% matric pass rate would be truly misguided, argues economics and education researcher Nic Spaull. Rather, we should look to Further Education and Training Colleges to play a key role in educating and providing meaningful employment to millions of South Africans.
Jacob Zuma has hailed the matric pass rate as a “significant improvement”. But is the education system “on the right track”? As we discovered, matric results are not a reliable barometer of education quality.
South Africa’s school-leaving exam results are due to be released on 3 January. But what can they tell us about the state of education in the country? And what should be taken into account in evaluating matriculation results? Our guide.