We should fix the quality of basic education first - Eusebius
The announcement by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga that there are plans to formalise grade nine as another exit point of schooling has received mixed reactions.
The announcement would mean that pupils were able to complete the grade and get a general education certificate.
Eusebius Mckaiser says the real focus should be on improving the quality of education in the country.
I'm cynical about politicians, they often make decisions based on tactics and strategies to cover their own behinds for underperforming in key parts of their portfolios.Eusebius McKaiser, Show host
We must not be distracted, we must keep asking tough questions about the quality of our education. What I care about most is the quality of basic education and I think we should fix that first.Eusebius McKaiser, Show host
Eusebius says early childhood development (ECD) can make a difference and the focus should also be placed there.
I'd rather if we have limited time, energy and resources we spend them on ECD, the quality of maths and science in particular.Eusebius McKaiser, Show host
In theory, the idea of a grade nine certificate is fine but do not forget about the South African context within which this announcement is taking place.Eusebius McKaiser, Show host
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