Education In South Africa

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Education is something to cherish not something to take advantage of. In America we are lucky to have the many opportunities of education where other places education is not even an option for some. South Africa has the worst education system of the entire world. This is the biggest challenge the country faces and it needs to be at the top of all of the priority lists. Gender, social class, race, and religion are also factors that affect the possibility of having an education. In comparison with other countries South Africa is ranked at the bottom. The students lack in all areas of school and their scores are low in all subjects. In south Africa, “a shocking 27% of pupils who have attended school for six years cannot read” (The Economist, 2). This is compared to other countries in Africa where the highest percentage is 19% in Zimbabwe. The rankings in math are no better than those in english seeing as how, “ after five years of school about half can work out that 24 divided by three is eight”(The Economist, 2). Test scores prove the theories that South Africa has the worst margin of test scores. “ The gap in test scores between the top 20% of schools and the rest is wider than in almost every other country”(The Economist, 3). This shows that the test scores are very wide in South Africa. Race has a negative impact because of the Bantu Education Act of 1953 which stated that whites should receive a better education than blacks. This is discriminating to lesser races in the
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