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Education in South Africa
South Africa (2008) has 12.3-million learners, some 386 600 teachers and 26 292 schools, including 1 098 registered independent or private schools. Of all schools, roughly 6 000 are high schools (grade 7 to grade 12) and the rest primary (grade 0 to grade 6). In government-funded public schools, the average ratio of scholars (known as "learners" in terms of the country's outcomes-based education system) to teachers ("educators") is 32.6 to one, while private schools generally have one teacher for every 17.5 scholars.

The national Department of Education is responsible for education across the country as a whole, while each of the nine provinces has its own education department.

The central government provides a national framework for school policy, but administrative responsibility lies with the provinces. Power is further devolved to grassroots level via elected school governing bodies, which have a significant say in the running of their schools.

The national Department of Education is responsible for higher education. Private schools and higher education institutions have a fair amount of autonomy, but are expected to fall in line with certain government non-negotiables - no child may be excluded from a school on grounds of his or her race or religion, for example.

Three bands of education
South Africa's National Qualifications Framework (NQF) recognises three broad bands of education: General Education and Training, Further Education and Training, and Higher Education and Training.

School life spans 13 years or grades, from grade 0, otherwise known as grade R or "reception year", through to grade 12 or "matric" - the year of matriculation. General Education and Training runs from grade 0 to grade 9. Under the South African Schools Act of 1996, education is compulsory for all South Africans from age 7 (grade 1) to age 15, or the completion of grade 9. General Education and Training also includes Adult Basic Education and Training.

Source: SouthAfrica.info



A series of changes are set to come into effect from January 2010 to simplify the administrative functions that teachers are responsible for that do not have a major bearing on their teaching and to provide more support to them.

Government has moved with speed to respond to the recommendations of the recently published Report on the Implementation of the National Curriculum Statement by the task team that highlighted various challenges to quality curriculum delivery.

“Our focus is to strengthen curriculum delivery and thus we have identified those steps that can be taken immediately to streamline delivery and others that will take slightly longer to implement,” Basic Education Minister (South Africa) Angie Motshekga said on Tuesday. She was reporting on the progress made in government’s Human Development cluster.

As such, a series of changes came into effect in 2010.

Theses changes included discontinuing the use of portfolios for learners of all grades from next year; keeping only one file for administrative purposes from teachers; reduce the number of projects required by learners; developing Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements for each grade in each year for implementation in 2011; reducing the number of learning areas in the Intermediate Phase; emphasizing the use of English from as early as possible and clarifying the role of subject advisers.

Motshekga said to support these interventions, government would ensure that The Foundations for Learning – a programme for the foundation and intermediate Phase (Grades R-6) will be implemented in all schools.

“Extensive learning and teaching packs for grades R to 6 teachers have been developed that will assist teachers with planning, teaching and learning. These packs will be distributed to all primary schools for the start of the school year.” the minister said.

For Grade R, the packs will include lesson plans for teachers for literacy, numeracy and life skills as well as learners’ workbooks, poster and story resource books.

For Grades one to three, the workbooks will target literacy and numeracy next year, while those for grades four to six will include workbooks for learners for language and mathematics.

The Presidency has allocated R524 million to ensure that learners from Grades one to six are able to receive workbooks for numeracy and literacy for next year.

Motshekga said the department was also looking at the feasibility of implementing a tool by which it could monitor teachers and pointed out that this might be a mix of a development-type approach and an inspectorate type approach. – BuaNews

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