Newsletter 76 Prof Jansen - How to improve the education system
How to improve the education system
Prof Jonathan Jansen provided 10 ways to improve the South African education system in a Facebook post titled: Ten things I would do first if I were your Minister of Schools
- Stop the circus: no more announcement of matric results. I would instead announce the results of our investment in pre-school education programmes – how well prepared are our pre-schoolers for formal education?
- Fire all the deployed officials in provinces and districts. Officials welcome to re-apply on the basis of proven competence – party loyalties will be irrelevant.
- Replace fired officials with coaches and mentors (not inspectors) for every teacher and principal who work alongside staff as colleagues. These coaches and mentors must have a track record of running successful schools or achieving high results in the subjects for which they are responsible.
- Appoint an ombudsperson for every SGB to root out corruption in teacher and head appointments.
- Ensure every child has a textbook in every subject within three months, or somebody loses his job.
- Abolish the ANAs with immediate effect and assess every three years in the most vulnerable schools only.
- Increase the salaries of teachers on one criterion only – that the children in the poorest schools show steady increases in achievement scores.
- No teacher will be hired with less than a Master’s degree in teaching by 2018 and this status will be reflected in salary scales highly competitive with the private sector.
- Teachers will show up in every class every day and teach. Two strikes (misses) and you’re out unless there is a certified medical certificate which can be cross-checked for dishonesty.
- Teachers given three months off every three years to improve their professional qualifications.