Due to these shortcomings, parents that can afford it prefer to send their children to private schools. These includes government employees, such as nurses, educators, police and other professional employees, in other words public schools are for us the poorest in the society, that’s why the government does nothing to improve education system for poor learners.
Another reason why public schools perform poorly is a serious lack of financing and monitoring from government. Many children receive low standards of education through a lack of qualified teachers and sometimes an outright absence of equipment in classrooms.
Let’s look at the difference between private schools and public schools.
1. Definition: the school is funded and controlled by the local, state or national government
2. Funding and control: funded by taxes and controlled by the government
3. Curriculum: is set at the national level
4. Number of learners: More learners
5. Facilities: fewer facilities and technology
6. Teachers: recruits teachers who met state mandated requirements
7: class size: bigger
1. Definition: the school not administered by the government
2. Funding and control: funded by student’s tuition and administered by a private body
3. Curriculum: shares the same curriculum as government schools but differs in the method of delivery
4. Number of learners: fewer learners
5. Facilities: more facilities and advanced technology
6. Teachers: independent criteria for recruiting teachers
7. Class size: smaller
In reality private schools aren’t better than public schools, the problem is private schools have smaller classes and more facilities and advanced technology than public schools.
The real reason why private schools perform better than public schools is class size. Public schools classes are bigger, while private schools classes are smaller and comfortable to learn in.
What government should do to improve public schools education system?
Why government fails to improve public schools?
What government should do to increase the productive potential of the schools?
According to the OECD, smaller size classes are often seen as beneficial because they allow teachers to focus more on the needs of individual students, and reduce the amount of class time needed to deal with disruptions.
The ratio is also often used as a selling point of private schools, as they boast that smaller class sizes allow for more one on one time, and innovative teachings methods.
Note: As part of a recent parliamentary Q&A session, the Department of Basic Education stated that, as march 2018, the national average LER ( Learner – Education Ratio) for government primary schools was one teacher to every 35.2 learners. For secondary level to a national average of 27.7 learners to a teacher.
While private schools generally have better facilities, smaller classes and a larger selection of extra – curricular activities
The challenges we’re facing in our public schools
* High students- teacher ratios ( 1-40)
* Poor physical resources, including no developed sports field
* Lack of qualified teachers in subject like mathematics and physical sciences
* No support from the educational authorities in maintaining discipline
* Absenteeism of teachers who are burnt out trying to cope with big classes, poor behavior and worsening socio – economic conditions.
Nb: In the bigger cities like Johannesburg, public schools standards are generally better compared to the ones at the rural areas and is some cases many meet expat requirements
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