Newsletter 117 Poverty on the rise in South - Stats SA
Poverty on the rise in South Africa – Stats South Africa
Did you hear about the new mantra of the Western Cape Education Department?
ENTER TO LEARN - EXIT TO SERVE
Since 1994 we have been able to reduce poverty in South Africa but…According to new data released by Stats SA, poverty is on the rise in South Africa. The latest “Poverty Trends in South Africa” report shows that, despite the general decline in poverty between 2006 and 2011, poverty levels in South Africa rose in 2015. More than half of South Africans were poor in 2015, with the poverty headcount increasing to 55,5% from a series low of 53,2% in 2011. The figures are calculated using the upper-bound poverty line (UBPL – people on this level of poverty can purchase adequate food and non-food items)) of R992 per person per month (pppm) in 2015 prices. This translates into over 30,4 million South Africans living in poverty in 2015.
As teachers we need to ask the fundamental questions;
The key features of our poverty are;
The ranking of poverty across our 9 Provinces are;
Household FOOD Expenditure (This does not speak to quality of the items consumed)
One of my stories -The Social Contract
When I started teaching in the early 80’s the school did not have a classroom policy. Basic sensibilities applied and teachers would make up the rules as we go along. After serious contemplation I decided to negotiate a Social Policy with the classes I taught, Biology, Science and Mathematics. Maybe I should provide more contexts.
Discussing the Social Contract with learners we arrived at the following consensus;
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