Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.” — Chinese Proverb
Hello again! I know I got a little sidetracked from numerology, philosophy and life issues, but in researching the educational philosophies I found myself intrigued with how structured and efficient our education system seems to have become in a very short time. Plans and goals for the world to see – some transparency at last – means all eyes are watching; and for various reasons hoping it will either be a huge success or a terrible failure. Yes, you get both kinds of people in life. If I was ever sceptical about our new government and education department, I am now in awe of the massive task they have undertaken. Naturally things in real life deviate somewhat from what is planned and signed on paper. That is, however, true to most things in life the minute you add diverse people, opinions, values and frames of reference from backgrounds to an equation.
I quote a little from both South African Government Information and Wikipedia:
South Africa has 3 tier system of education Starting with primary school, followed by high school and tertiary eduction in the form of (academic) universities and universities of technology.
In 2010, it had 12.3 million learners, 386,000 teachers and around 48,000 schools – including 390 special needs schools and 1,000 registered private schools. Officially, primary schools comprise(Grade 1 to 7) and High schools (Grade 8 to 12). These are extended on either end with Grade 0 and 13 at the discretion of the school.
School life spans 13 years – or grades – although the first year of education, grade 0/grade R or “reception year”, and the last three years, grade 10, 11 and grade 12 or “matric” are not compulsory. Many Primary schools offer grade R, although this pre-school year may also be completed at Nursery school. To see a larger version of this table on the right, just click on it.
In January 2011, this year, education is structured as follows: It is represented in parliament by two ministers of education who each head one department, as follows:
1. The department of Higher Education and Training, headed by Dr Blade Nzimande; and
2. Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Mr Enver Surty.
Each of these departments is headed by a Director General as follows:
1. Director General: Higher Education and Training , Ms Mary Metcalfe; and
2. Director General: Basic Education, Mr Bobby Soobrayan.
Formal education in South Africa is categorised according to three levels:
* General Education and Training (GET)
* Further Education and Training (FET)
* Higher Education and Training.
Education spending remains government’s largest item of spending, totaling R165 billion in 2010/11.
A further R2,7 billion is allocated to the Department of Basic Education. This is to roll out workbooks in all 11 official languages to help raise literacy and numeracy levels and to test all learners in grades three, six and nine.
Did you know?
During 2009, the no-fee status of schools was extended from 40% to include 60% of learners nationally by 2010. These learners will be attending 64% of schools.
The National Curriculum Statement (NCS) aims to develop the full potential of all learners as citizens of a democratic South Africa.
It seeks to create a lifelong learner who is confident and independent; literate, numerate and multiskilled; and compassionate, with a respect for the environment and the ability to participate in society as a critical and active citizen.
Perhaps we need to stick around in South Africa and not think the grass is greener on the other side. Perhaps it is time to stand behind our education department and stop running it down. Perhaps we need to impart our belief in our schooling system to our kids. Perhaps we need to realize that education begins at home; do our share to ensure that our children are properly prepared and disciplined for their schooling years to become building blocks at school and not stumbling blocks to others. Perhaps we need to educate ourselves about what is important for a child to remain healthy and feed our children nutrients and not empty rubbish which will affect the brain and cause behaviour problems. Encourage them to do sport. Brats at school only reflect what goes on back home.
Oh, and Mom – time to stop molly-coddling those boys of yours and let them man up and take responsibility and accountability. I find it a peculiarity these days that boys are pampered and more is expected of girls. A mommy`s boy is the worst gift you can give to your daughter-in-law and to the world.
From next week I will get back to some more numerology. Please drop me a message and tell me what you would like to see.
I include a link to the SAQA page if you would like more information on the South African Qualifications Authority.
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Once again I also include a link to the South African Government Information page where you can go and see what I am referring to.
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