You may remember a couple of weeks ago I referred to a story that revealed the intense measures taken by South Korea on the day that students wrote their university entrance exams – flights were stopped for the period of the English exam, police escorts were on standby to get students to exams on time – do you remember that?
Well today I saw that the Head of the National Exam Board of that country has resigned over two ambiguous questions in the multiple choice papers for English and biology.
Authorities agreed that the questions were faulty and have said they will now accept either of 2 answers in each of those questions.
The results in these exams are critical for thousands of students, whose parents, by the way, spend around 1.5% of the country’s GDP on extra tuition for their kids. Talk about people who take education seriously!
For me, the lesson here is about taking responsibility – about accountability. Think about the many examples that we have here in this country of problems specifically with education, think about the Limpopo schools crisis and many other debacles where schools were concerned.
Can you remind me of just one person who took responsibility for some of these problems? It’s not just limited to education, think about the on-going crisis in the health sector; Bara reported this afternoon that certain procedures had to be postponed – and certainly people will die as a direct result of these problems in the health sector.
I am suggesting that until we inculcate a culture of accountability in those people who are running these institutions, we will continue to be on the race to the bottom in this country.