New school to improve SA's education system by emulating the Finnish model

Steven from Durbanville phoned in to CapeTalk's Breakfast show to share his frustrations with his child's school.

He says out of a class of 32 children only two did not receive any prizes/awards and his daughter was one of them. The awards were done in full display of everyone where the 30 that received prizes were well celebrated.

My daughter came home and she was tears. She said to me dad I am not going to amount to anything...

Steven from Durbanville

Educational psychologist, Prof Shirley Kokot says the incident is a bit surprising as well as disturbing that 30 students received something and two didn't.

She says it is damaging to a child's little ego and a sense of growing identity.

I don't understand it and I would like to hear how this happened because it is quite unusual.

Prof Shirley Kokot, Educational psychologist at Integrated Learning Therapy

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies also spoke to George Hector and Dr Rebecca Felix of Grassroots Preparatory which is set to start teaching Grade R and Grade 1 classes in January 2018.

In preparation to the opening of the school, they visited Finland, a country with the best education system in the world, to see how they are doing things.

I looked at the Finnish system and I realised that the real power in education lies at the grassroots. So the teacher who imparts the education should be the most empowered human being.

George Hector, Headmaster at Grassroots Preparatory

My concern is that there is too much looking over the shoulder of teachers today...

George Hector, Headmaster at Grassroots Preparatory

To hear the rest of the interviews, listen below:


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