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2016-10-30
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

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Appoint an ombudsperson for every SGB to root out corruption in teacher and head appointments.
  5. Ensure every child has a textbook in every subject within three months, or somebody loses his job.
  6. Abolish the ANAs with immediate effect and assess every three years in the most vulnerable schools only.
  7. Increase the salaries of teachers on one criterion only – that the children in the poorest schools show steady increases in achievement scores.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Teachers given three months off every three years to improve their professional qualifications.