South Africa spends a bigger share of its gross domestic product on education than any other country in Africa. Yet performance levels are lower than in many other countries in the region. High levels of school attendance, gender parity in both primary and secondary education and pro-poor school policies are achievements that contrast with the poor quality of education.
The Democracy Development Program will convene a public forum to discuss and lay bare the issues that ought to be engaged and considered when analyzing the South African Education System. It is now a staple of South African discourse, that, at the start of each year we engage in conversation and debates about the strength and direction of our education system, and the largely lamented 30% pass rate.
Political opposition and other members of civil society have also suggested quite vigorously that the Matric Pass rate celebrated by the Minister and the Department of Education doesn’t reflect the true picture of where we are as a nation.
This conversation, like most others in our discourse, dies down at the start of the next working week.
The question still remains as to, what do we need to do, to shift the patterns in our education system which seems to suggest that we are not producing the quality we need, in order to be competitive globally?
Join us for a forum that will unpack:
– What should our education system look like, in its ideal form?
-What are the indicators of a good education system?
– Who do we hold accountable for poor educational outcomes?
– What’s the importance of vocational training in South Africa?
– How can education move us closer to our economic priorities?
The forum targets ordinary citizens, government agencies, activists, academia, citizen interest groups, teachers, department of education and civil society organizations across the country among other stakeholders.
Date: 06 February 2020 – Thur | Time: 17:30 pm (Registration-forum starts at 18:00 pm) | Elangeni Hotel – 63 Snell Parade, North Beach, Durban, 4001