For the first time in a three-year period, school children in South African education institutions have gotten better grades and graduated more as national education spending increased in the nation.
Bloomberg reported on January 4th that South Africa’s Basic Education Minister made a speech about the nation’s academic progress, which has been attributed to a significant boost in education dollars allocated to schools by the federal government in the last three years.
Michael Cohen, a reporter for Bloomberg wrote the following in an online article, which was published on the magazine’s website. A portion of Cohen’s article reads:
“The proportion of successful final-year students at state schools increased to 72.5 percent last year from 70.7 percent in 2015, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on [January 4th]. More than 828,000 pupils wrote the examinations, the most yet. “The performance of South African learners is improving,” Motshekga said in a speech in Midrand, north of Johannesburg. “We have to further improve the outputs of the schooling system.'” (Bloomberg.com)
Cohen’s article for Bloomberg reported financial data about the South African government’s education spending activity as well. He also wrote:
“South Africa spent 213.7 billion rand ($15.7 billion) on basic education in the 12 months ended March last year, or about 15 percent of the total budget, and the allocation is projected to rise an average of 7.4 percent annually over the next three fiscal years, according to the National Treasury. The country allocates a higher proportion of its budget toward education than the U.S., U.K., and Germany, United Nations data shows.” (Bloomberg.com)
Government opposition groups have tried to downplay the progress being reported by South Africa’s education ministry for a number of reasons. They have accused the national government of inflating the numbers and leaving out other aspects of how academic progress is determined, such as testing quality.
The questions being raised by government opposition groups in South Africa about academic progress are fair and deserve to be answered through respectable dialogue and cooperation with the political party that is in power. However, it is not acceptable for these negotiations to happen while both sides are being manipulated by adverse outside forces, including Western nations that wish to make South Africa a proxy again.
It is fair to surmise that academic standards in South Africa should not be expected to mirror the academic standards being set in Western nations. Here is why. South Africa has earned the right to overhaul its national systems and set a standard that is independent of outside international control.
Also, Africa’s culture is vastly different from the cultures on display in nations like the U.S., U.K., and Germany.
All three of these nations have wrongly colonized Africa throughout history. Therefore, it is essential that nations on the African continent create their own educational standards, which value the age-old aspects of culture that have been etched out due to centuries of forced Western colonialism.
Parents of African descent who live in nations all across the world also have the right to teach their children the truth about African history. This can be done by establishing a home-school system, which provides a curriculum that regularly teaches this ripe history.