High dropouts worry Creecy
THE Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy has blamed the high number of school dropouts on the poor standard of education in the foundation phase.
Earlier this year, Creecy revealed that only 35% of children who start school finished. This was dramatically more than 1994, when the completion rate for those who enrolled 12 years earlier was 29%.
Yesterday Creecy said primary schools were failing to meet their reading, writing and numeracy targets.
"Two thirds of pupils leave primary schools without proper reading, writing and arithmetic skills. If they go to high school and battle, they will drop out," Creecy said.
The highest number of dropouts in Gauteng, she said, were at Grade 10 and 12.
Democratic Alliance education spokesman Khume Ramulifho said it was unacceptable that the repetition rate was 4% in primary schools and 18% in high schools.
He said it was possible that the repetition rates were underestimated because of pupils who drop out of school in the middle of the year, and re-enrol for the same grade the next year.
Creecy said the Gauteng primary language and mathematics strategy would assist in improving literacy among pupils. - firstname.lastname@example.org