The South African education system has come under a lot of scrutiny and criticism. Many argue that the level and standard of the country’s education system does not motivate learners to perform at their best; thus, in the long run, this can be seen over lapping over into the workplace.
According to an Article in Business Tech, the department of education has released the overall matric pass rate figures for the class of 2016, announcing that the country’s overall pass was 72.5% – 1.8 points higher than 2015.The department noted that the pass rate with progressed learners excluded (learners who failed a year twice in a row and were pushed through) was at 76.2%.
Notably, the pass rate only reflects the results of students who sat the 2016 National Senior Certificate exams – completely removed from the fact that over 40% of 2016 cohort never even made it as far as grade 12. This is a serious issue for the country; which demands that the government and activist groups come together to bridge the inequality in the country’s education system.
Project Isizwe in partnership with Westville Boys High School has embarked on a course to support peer to peer learning. This will be done with the assistance of learners at Westville High, who will upload their tutorial lessons for Math, Science and Accounting. This initiative will take peer to peer online education to a level this country ought to have been in already.
Peer education draws on the credibility that young people have with their peers, leverages the power of role modelling, and provides flexibility in meeting the diverse needs of today’s youth.
The role of the internet is an intricate part of our education system, Project Isizwe aims to reflect the impact of internet access within a walking distance and the return on investment to the country’s education system.
Dudu Mkhwanazi is Project Isizwe’s CEO. Mkhwanazi is deeply committed to enabling social justice and empowering South Africans through free access to the internet.