In 2005 the grade one class consisted of roughly 1.2 million students. Only around 400 000 of those students matriculated in 2017.
Louise Van Rhyn, founder and CEO of the Partners For Possibility Project says that this is a major problem facing the country.
We are failing our children. And our future is at stake. If we don't do something about that we will not have a country. Ten years from now this country will burn and we, the adults of our country is being called to action.— Louise Van Rhyn, founder and CEO at Partners For Possibility Project
For too long we have abdicated responsibility for educating our children to the education department and then stood back and complained, and whined and whined because they didn't give us what we wanted. It's no longer an option, we have to do something far more radical, if we want to secure the future of our country.— Louise Van Rhyn, founder and CEO at Partners For Possibility Project
Van Rhyn says blaming the department is not a solution and that the Education Department's task is impossible because of the backlog of inequality that stems from apartheid. She adds that 80% of the schools are facing a flurry of issues due to having unhealthy ecosystems to support their education.
In order to change this, Van Rhyn says that parents need to share the load and actively go out to schools and assist where they can, be it in tutoring or support.
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