WITH regard to Rev Xolani Tengo's very bold and articulate letter ("Concerned about school governance", October 10), I trust that measures will be taken to address the issues he raised. In the event this does not happen, what is our recourse to action, because indeed good men like him are not keeping quiet while evil prospers?
Education is the best legacy one can give to one's children!
I would also be happy if The Herald can call on the basic education minister to re-look at the whole education system, especially the curriculum in the country. Why is South Africa refusing to learn from other success stories?
Why should we plough in so many resources to produce failure of such magnitude? The curriculum is a laughing matter.
How does whoever proposed the curriculum expect a child of seven or eight to study six subjects? Where is the child-centred emphasis in education there?
A child in Grade 4 or 5 is being expected to master concepts like the Earth axis and many other such confusing concepts. I would love to have a meeting/dialogue with the minister and talk to her about the psychology of a developing mind.
I know that in the education system in Zimbabwe a Grade 1 to 2 child learns English, maths and his or her home language, with only one teacher. That builds up a child's understanding of basic language concepts.
A child of Grade 3 to 7 in South Africa is, besides learning English, maths and a home language, being bombarded with social science, natural science and economic management sciences, spending less time on building a child's basic understanding and ignoring the need for child-teacher rapport.
No wonder we've so many drop-outs and frustrated children who end up using substances as crutches. Their young minds are being bombarded with really heavy stuff.
On the other side of the coin, the parents are not even brought in as partners in the child's development. What is worse, many have never been to school.
We need an urgent indaba to address the issues of education in South Africa in general, an indaba where no holds will be barred, but with a bigger aim of changing the situation for the better of our children. Education should be fun.
We should as a nation be proud of our own heritage, not copy American or Austrian (or is it Japanese or Chinese?) stuff without thinking of our own contexts.
Mzikazi Ntuli, Port Elizabeth