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Devote more energy to teaching basic literacy in township schools, says expert

Education expert, Professor Braham Fleish says young pupils in township and rural schools need extra investment to be on par with other schools.

He says serious inequalities still exist between historically disadvantaged schools and middle class ones.

There are still huge gaps between rural and townships schools compared to independent schools and quintile five schools. There's certainly a significant differences in terms of learning achievements.

Professor Braham Fleish, education expert

According to Fleish, there needs to be a focus on developing pupils in their foundation years in order to advance the education of children in poorer schools.

We haven't paid sufficient attention to learners, particularly in the early grades... In South Africa, many learners are falling behind in the first three years of formal schooling (Grade 1, 2 and 3).

Professor Braham Fleish, education expert

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