Matrics 2010 started Gr1 in 1999 Only 44% retained!
Success rate = 8,1%
Success-rate of the system = 8,1%
Of every 12 learners starting Grade One, only 1 learner attains what the system is promising them - data 2005!
Access vs Success Whether you Pass! How you Pass! Short-Listing Employment Quantity Quality
% Different Types of schools in SA Quantity of Pass Quality of Pass (Grades) 20% 50% 20% 10% 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% -10% -20% Anti-Functional Dysfunctional Under-Performing High-Performing
So, if we spend all this money (2011/12 = R178b; 2012/13 = R190b; 2013/14 = R218b) on education, why are the children not benefiting? Who is actually benefiting?
LES: 2001 - 2005
LES: 2006 - 2009
At Circuit, Districts, Provincial and National
Added Circuits and Districts;
More Centres, Units, Committees, Task Teams, etc.;
More consultants actually doing the work that was initially defined as part of people’s job descriptions;
More Directors, Chief Directors, DDGs, and DGs, with plenty of PAs.
Four Layers of Expertise
CDE – 7 September 2011
Quality Education Conference - 2002
Three Steps to Quality Education Dys-functional Schools Step 1 Under-performing Schools Step 2 High Functioning Schools Step 3 Excellent Schools Basic Right To Education Basic Education Quality Education Legal and Human Rights Obligations Professional, Social, and Ethical Obligations
1.6.2 GDE PPS Matric Results 2008 - 2010 (2010 ascending)
Some Untruths in Education
Democratic decision making in the education system creates a conducive tone and culture;
Parent involvement is crucial;
Resources (computers and libraries) will make all the difference;
The department is not supporting teachers and therefore they are demotivated;
Lack of learning is caused by the ill-discipline of learners;
Our classrooms are overcrowded – small classes will make the difference;
It is difficult to achieve learner success in poverty stricken communities;
Learners are not at the level they should be when they get to our school/class;
Teacher development will solve most of our performance problems;
It is the unions!
Current Conversations …
We are making progress …; We are getting better …; We are getting things under control …; It is the union! (Education Officials);
My principal is on his way from a meeting … (always between district and school) (Principals of Schools) ;
Always blaming the department, the principal, parents, children, resources, etc. (Teachers) ;
Appoint people who can do the job, not people who belong to a group; because they are connected; etc.;
As a principal – if you don’t care about every learner in your school as much as you care about your own child, then you are in the wrong job …;
As an official, if you don’t know, can’t do (display), or is not better than those whom you need to manage, guide, etc., they will never TRUST what you say;
In a functional system, you can get away with people managing “generally”, but in a dysfunctional system, you have to have the specific (technical) capacity and skills!