Educational reform takes time. That’s a valid statement, but it masks the fact that half of our children entering Grade 1 in 2017 will fail to complete Grade 12 – unless there is real change in the dynamics that drive schools to fail. Gradual improvement of the public education system over the next decade will still fail millions of our children. We cannot accept that fact.
Public schools are still divided into two distinct ‘quality humps’. The big hump is poor quality schools – almost all historically black. The small hump is good quality schools –almost all formerly white.Shepherd D (2011) Constraints to school effectiveness: what prevents poor schools from delivering results. National Bureau of Economic Research, University of Stellenbosch As low-fee independent schools have grown, so more parents who can afford to pay opt to take their children out of the public education system.
Systems-wide improvement plans must be supported by targeted interventions that try to change the dynamics that make schools fail. These dynamics relate to school governance, leadership and management, as well as teacher motivation and support.
On its own, the innovation of non-profit public school partnerships is not radical enough to transform the education system. But, it could nurture a new branch of innovation in public education to be grasped by thousands of children now entering school.
|⇧1||Shepherd D (2011) Constraints to school effectiveness: what prevents poor schools from delivering results. National Bureau of Economic Research, University of Stellenbosch|
From 2017-2021 we will open up a new channel for quality education in public schools in South Africa through non-profit public-private partnership.
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|Open up a new channel for quality education in public schools in South Africa.||As part of the Public School Partnership, create networks of schools characterised by high capacity, management flexibility and outcomes-based accountability.|