As mentioned in shoutbox:
(05:41:55) brianvds: Hey check this out: [url=http://city-press.news24.com/News/sa-school-system-faces-major-shake-up-20160111]City Press on School system shakeup[/url]
This all sounds great but I’m immediately skeptical…
How would they determine who belongs in which stream? I’m sure this can be done properly but will it based on the sheer number of pupils out there and the sheer incompetence sometimes displayed in some areas. At what point does this become a cop-out for a lazy teacher who doesn’t want to teach so they just funnel as many pupils as possible into the lowest-denominator stream? This needs some serious thought before we go telling people “Sorry you’re too stupid for matric here have a chisel”. I saw some guys struggle and work and brow-beat their way through high school and still attain a senior certificate in spite of the fact that they weren’t the sharpest crayon in the box. And as the article itself states: That’s a real benefit to that person.
I feel “back then” white pupils were given the great advantage of being pushed to be their best. I fear our current system does not afford black students that same “privilege”.