EDITORIAL | Education department is failing our kids and SA’s future
First schools were told to up the marks of grades 4 to 9. Now ill-equipped pupils in grades 1 to 3 will be promoted
It does not require much thought to realise that if the first six years of a child’s life are the bedrock on which their development is built, the foundation phase of their education should follow the same trend.
Instead, the department of basic education pursues a different plan — push children in grades 1 to 3 to the next phase, even if they have not mastered basic numeracy and literacy skills.
And it is on this shoddy foundation that it hopes to build adults with the ability to debate, analyse, count, spell, read with comprehension and string together coherent sentences...