South Africa’s education system leaves a lot to be desired. The past 15 years have seen the education system change three times in an effort to produce literate learners who can contribute to the economy of South Africa in a meaningful way. The National Development Plan has focused heavily on transforming South Africa into a knowledge-based economy. Government has invested billions of Rands into the education. Despite these efforts, a whole generation of learners does not possess the basic skills required to be employable. More than 50% of children drop out of school before Grade 12 and it is estimated (by officials of the Department of Education) that more than 60% of Grade 8s can’t read at grade level.
It is my pleasure to inform you that our Society has formally strengthened its ties with its American counterpart, SIOP, through a memorandum of understanding (MOU).