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17 October 2014

Building a winning nation

Under the constitution of the new South Africa everyone has the right to an education, something denied to non-whites under apartheid.

The South Africa School Act (SASA) of 1996 charged the Government to change the unequal, racially segregated system of the past and to improve education for all learners. What are the challenges and how successful has the Government been in meeting them?

The Challenges

  • Lack of investment in black education
  • High rates of illiteracy
  • A culture of non-attendance and resistance to learning
  • Low pass rates among black and coloured students
  • Poorly trained or unqualified teachers
  • Out-dated, racist curriculum
  • Too few schools – and those that did exist urgently required modernisation

Learning the hard way in Transkei
Ngwenya Senior Secondary School in Transkei sits on a hill with views across a landscape of green hills speckled with cattle and the white dots of rondavels to the kraals on the distant slopes. Not far away is Qunu, the village where Nelson Mandela grew up…

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