that our education departments at just about every location and level in the country have taken a massive dose of the medicine called self-deceit, they believe we are producing well-rounded and educated graduates.

This extends from “don’t blame me” Angie Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education, to Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, who looks like he wants to control higher education from his central Stalinist command post. Perhaps it is time to reflect before we see our children even worse off in the future.

That a student can achieve a pass with a paltry 30 to 40 percent knowledge of the material presented and end up in university is really a joke. University professors indicate that they are presented with a lecture room hall-full of students who don’t have the faintest idea how to learn and, moreover, don’t know anywhere near enough to start the curriculum. The professors basically have to do a catch-up to get any students with a hope of achieving a university degree up to speed. Many are simply not university material.

How can anyone expect to progress in a subject knowing less than half of what is required? It certainly won’t be any better next year, that is for sure, even with text books.

English is the language of the universe as we know it and in order to proceed in any sphere of knowledge, a proficiency in English is just about mandatory. Our African children are learning what is becoming a pidgin English in the main because the language is being taught by teachers who are not proficient in it themselves, teaching bad pronunciation, enunciation and grammar, thus producing a generation of students who are speaking a dialect.

One only has to listen to the SABC radio to hear the most atrocious English spoken. When the BBC, CNN and even the SABC interview people from Nigeria, Jamaica and Scotland they have to use subtitles. Are we going to be a sub-titled country?

PC Baker

Parktown North, Joburg