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South Africa: Parents Urged to get more involved in Children’s School Lives
Source: http://www.bdlive.co.za/national/education/2013/05/24/parents-urged-to-get-more-involved-in-childrens-school-lives
Source Date: Friday, July 12, 2013
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Jul 12, 2013

Ms Nkosi-Malobane told community members that a number of challenges threatened the academic progress of their children. One such challenge was the performance of "some teachers" in the area’s schools.
"Some of our teachers really don’t care," she said. "They arrive late and leave early. In most cases you find it’s because they have their own children in model-C schools, where schooling starts on time."
The committee presented the summit with data from the Department of Basic Education’s Annual National Assessments (ANAs) of literacy and numeracy.
This showed that in 2011, Grade 3 students in the province had received an average mark of 54% in literacy and 47% in numeracy.
The data showed slight improvements in each of the first three grades between 2011 and 2012. For example, Grade 1 students achieved an average of 67% for numeracy in 2011, which rose above 70% in 2012. However, as the grades got higher, the average performance achieved was lower. Compared with Grade 1 students, those in Grade 2 achieved an average of only 60% for numeracy in 2011 and about 65% in 2012.
Gauteng education department deputy director-general, Vuyani Mpofu, said this was because many students were taught in their home languages during their early years of schooling but later struggled to adjust to lessons in English.
He said numeracy levels dropped even further by Grade 9 partly because parents were not involved in their children’s studies.
"The language barrier in some schools is a challenge, hence the drop in performance from Grade 3 to Grade 6. The drop between Grades 6 and 9 is because of attention to work during adolescent years and limited participation from parents," he said.
Gauteng community safety department’s Mandla Gasa said the department would increase police visibility in Tembisa and other areas, target unlicensed liquor stores close to schools and take schoolchildren involved in drugs and bullying on visits to prisons.
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