The South African Government Handling Education Education Essay

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South Africa has actually been doing really well in its overall education as stated in the African meetings and BBC but has failed to really focus on the education as it says. The South African government's neglect of schools on commercial farms prevents thousands of rural children from receiving an adequate education, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Farm schools provide the only educational opportunity for farm workers' children in South Africa. OK this is a problem that needs to be fixed even though the south African government has tried to make education a standard it has not fully occupied the whole country yet like it was said at the ministerial seminar On Education for rural people in south Africa." In reviewing education in the ten years of democracy some gains have been made, South Africa through the equitable inter-provincial allocations of funds and education specific poverty targeting mechanisms, has been able to mobilize funds towards the elimination of backlogs in the provision of education".

One other question is does the South African government have the funds to spread education in rural areas as it says on the annual report in 2004 "The lack of state-funded transport from homes to schools further hinders access to education in commercial farm areas." So the funding needs to improve and not just the funding. But the funding starts by the focus of the government on the rural schools the schools in the cities are at an all-time high and the government has done a lot to enhance schools in the cities but I think that the South African government needs to improve its focus on Rural areas because it's not adding up all the information I have gotten from different web sites keeps telling me that the government has let down the people in the rural areas at an education point of view. And I think this is a major issue that everyone should be concerned about as my point of view. We all know that South Africa is among the most modern countries in Africa. But modern as in the cities not throughout even though the rural areas have been neglected it doesn't mean the country has stopped caring about the rural areas most of the SEA south African education agency focuses know more than any time else on the education in rural areas but it still needs work in south African rural areas people do not really consider a cultural or a necessity it is proved by the meetings in Ethiopia last year that more than 80% of children in rural areas leave school in rural areas before 6th grade and do farm work or go to the nearby  cities to find work or such. Another problem in rural areas is getting the message across ICT and technology has not really spread all around South Africa. The local people in some of the small communities and towns have on interviews said that they think it should improve but some have said they are fine the way they are but education needs to be thought as a culture.

Many of South Africa's rural areas exist below subsistence levels and remain impoverished because they

Have no access to basic infrastructure essential for economic growth and development.  As a consequence the youth are leaving their rural homes in pursuit of employment opportunity in the cities (Acacia, 2000, p. 2).

The ICT Research Priorities for the South African National Research Foundation (Information and

Communication Technology, 2002, p. 1) also stress the convergence of information technology and

Communication technology to form the new field of information and communication technology (ICT). This also proves that the South African government needs to focus also o the modernization of the rural areas so that the education can blossom this had been tried in Mpumalanga area but it didn't really do much and it was a sudden change for the people there even though that area Is known as one of the better of rural areas it's still had problems so know that wave stressed what is wrong its of human nature to find a solution to problems. So what's next how to improve education? A question asked by many politicians in the world it has been a struggle over the years to improve education and here's how I think South Africa can tackle this problem in the rural parts. "I think a number of teachers were trained during apartheid, which means the training was not up to standard," she said. "Secondly we've had many processes of curriculum reform in the last 15 years, which I think has been quite confusing for teachers.  And, finally, there are the big issues of language, which we haven 'taken enough cognizance of, but I think is a huge problem." What this tells us is South Africa has been affecting in education by Apartheid and South Africa has done a remarkable job picking itself back up and reformulating itself but of course there are some effects for example like what I was talking about earlier like the culture. But I think one of the big problems I think is making a correct staff and system that will benefit the students as well as the Staff and the country know that public schools are much better off than rural school why not get together a good amount of some of the best teachers to the Rural parts and pay them there with a good salary and make the managerial system more strict but fun and stimulating so that kids push the idea of wanting to come to school.

Another big area that I have been trying to focus on is the idea of the governments focus on this issue at the moment it is lacking and one of my reasons to do this as a project for my firs IR is to get this message across that south Africa isn't perfect and needs a lot of improvement especially in this area. Motshega says the government will also work with private partners, such as the Shuttle worth Foundation, which has developed math and science textbooks for Grades 10, 11 and 12.  They will be distributed to schools starting this year, free of charge. What was just counted didn't happen that year and promises need to be kept is what I believe not just promises but vows to change your country. It is proven that the South African government puts more money into tourism and such than in to education in rural parts. I believe that it we put our mind to something we can achieve it and if the South African government is serious about changing education in South Africa it can be done. But I would like to end my IR on a good note so here are some of the good parts of education in rural parts of South Africa. Many of South Africa's universities are world-class academic institutions at the cutting edge of research in various spheres. Together, the country's 23 public higher education institutions offer a range of study and research options for both local and international students. This proves to me that south Africa has the potential to do anything like the great Mandela rose from the bottom I can believe that the rest of south Africa and its education systems can do the same even though SA is the best of Africa even the best needs some quick fixes once in a while even though this can't be a quick fix and is going to need as much help as it can get.

What I have learnt from this GP project is many things I have learnt how South Africa is coping its current situation and that the South African government has put lots of time and effort into the situation. I have also learnt that I can help and I would like to actually help I have sent some emails to some charities specifically for this I hope you guys can contribute here is the URL So Try your best it's what the south African rural areas need at this time. 


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