Schooling in South Africa is making progress, but not inside the classrooms. In a CDE debate on schooling in South Africa, participants were asked to provide their views on whether the South African schooling system is progressing.
The role of NGOs must be emphasised. READ has created working partnerships in over 2 000 educational institutions. It has provided training to many principals, classroom teachers, and community educators, and has built up a cadre of leader teachers who, as volunteers, facilitate development in schools other than their own.
South Africa has too many poorly qualified teachers, while at the same time large numbers of highly experienced teachers have been lost under the voluntary severance option.
Building educational capacity is not just a departmental issue, but one for all structures involved in South Africa’s schooling.