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First Steps in Basic Education

Everyone in South Africa is entitled to a basic education. This is a right guaranteed to child and adult alike in our Bill of Rights. The state is obliged to promote and fulfill this right. It has not been doing so on a disastrous scale. The statistics are sobering; only 3.5% of the black (African) […]

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Public School Principals and the principles of accountability (cont.)

It is not alarmist to suggest that the public school system in South Africa is dysfunctional. The last year for which comprehensive statistics are available is 2007. In that year 278,000 black learners did emerge clutching their matriculation certificates proudly in their hands. Unfortunately, on being tested for their functional literacy, it emerged that only […]

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The Dawning Of The Age Of Responsibility

If one takes into account that the economy of the United States is about 100 times the size of the South African economy, that the World Bank has its tentacles in every nook and cranny of the global economy and that South Africa is part of that global economy, then it is plain that it […]

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Qunta’s Blind Spot (Cont.)

If we take as our starting point, as we must, that the new South Africa is a non-racist, non-sexist democracy in which equality is a guaranteed right and unfair discrimination is frowned upon to such an extent that discrimination on grounds of race or gender is regarded to be unfair (unless it is established that […]

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