Lessons for SA from Mexico: Tackling school shortage problem

South Africa is a facing a shortage of classrooms. Internal migration is putting an enormous amount of pressure on the educational system in and around Pretoria, Johannesburg Durban and Western Cape.

An article published in the Business Day on Friday, looks at what Mexico has done to address the demand for public school admissions.

Freelance journalist Cara Bouwer says despite Mexico also facing a schools shortage, it has managed to devise an effective way of squeezing the most out of its schooling infrastructure.

They have such a large population that they'e had to come up with solutions.

Cara Bouwer, Freelance Journalist

When I was in Mexico and when I was speaking to people who have this system, they prize education so much and they realise if a school is doing a double shift and if they are getting a good education and they can get into a top school, they are willing to do whatever it takes.

Cara Bouwer, Freelance Journalist

Bouwer reports that this approach has helped Mexico improve its education offering drastically and bring down illiteracy levels.

According to international statistics research firm Statistica, in 2015, the country’s literacy rate was 94.56% — up from below 50% in the 1940s.

Listen to these insights on how Mexico has turned around its education problems:

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