Insure your car, home and valuables with iWYZE
The parlous state of South Africa’s education system poses the gravest threat to our new society and our prospects in the years ahead.
While we can boast about the best constitution in the world and world-class infrastructure, economic and banking systems, South Africa comes 131 out of 142 nations on primary education.
Our dysfunctional education system swallows 20 percent of the national budget, but we are throwing good money after bad.
Millions of young people with a lack of basic skills are being pumped into a seething cauldron of frustration, disillusion, helplessness and a dependency on the state – which will soon boil over with dire consequences.
It is for this reason that the Citizen Movement for Social Change deserves every bit of support in its bid to make an unprecedented intervention to fix the country’s education system.
At a groundbreaking education summit held in Johannesburg this week, the movement convened a number of agencies, non-governmental organisations and other interested parties to mobilise our entire society to fix our decrepit education system.
A central theme is the move away from our “one-size-fits-all” system to focus on the needs of the individual child, matching the child’s career to the needs of the economy.
We wholeheartedly endorse the summit’s uplifting call to all South Africans to move away from an education system where mediocrity is the bar, and from whining and blaming towards a “can do” approach that embraces new learning methods and strategies, best practices and caring.
The movement wants parents to find their voice, take responsibility for their children, and cast off the cloak of apathy and impotence.
The moment has come to be citizens and not subjects – let us seize it and change our world for the better.