Friday, November 08, 2013

Blog 9: Privatise Education

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) is trying to review current systems and reform education on order to help South Africa grow. There is a demand for privatising health care and education. Where education is concerned, parents know the current South African government cannot fix township schools, so they are promoting private schools and places in suburban government schools (SAIRR: Privatise Education). A large number of these schools are in place for the poor population and SAIRR wants to sell township schools to the nonprofit sector of the community. The idea is that after privatisation, a student and his/her parents can buy a voucher and that student can attend any school they please at a relatively lower cost. There is also the belief that buying vouchers will increase competition to get into schools and thus raise the standards. 

Changes in the education system are happening all around the world, through protests of the people and even changes in the government. In this case, the government believes that the current education system needs to be altered so that more students can attend schools. This will then increase competition and raise the standards inside schools, which in turn will produce better students and can help the nation grow. Every nation depends upon each new generation of students to help the country survive and prosper in an ever-changing world. Without raising standards or creating new schools, the country could potentially suffer from cultural lag theory. 

Tara Cook
November 8, 2013
2:42 p.m.

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