Prof Jan Heystek of North-West University identifies the challenges facing the South African education system and highlights the possible ways of fixing these challenges.
South Africa regularly finds itself languishing near the bottom of global basic education rankings. In the 2013/14 World Economic Forum (WEF) global competitiveness report, we ranked 146th out of 148 countries for basic education. By contrast, Finland’s education system repeatedly features near the top of the world rankings. In the same WEF report, Finland took the top spot for primary and secondary education. Finland’s education success has been attributed to many factors, not the least of them being the country’s affluence and willingness to invest in educating its education. I have a different explanation. Read more