South Africans have taken to social media to react to news that the school system will advance pupils to the next grade even if they failed.
On Thursday, Briefly.co.za reported Education Minister Angie Motshekga plans to implement policies that prevent young children from failing their grades, claiming that repeating a year had a life-long effect on students.
The news sparked quite the reaction on social media and from our readers and we decided to take a look at some of the views on Motshekga's plans.
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On Twitter, social media user asked what the point was going to school if pupils pass on attendance.
Social media user @Curiousity5 wrote: "Help me understand what the point of going to school is then?"
Daniel, who goes by the Twitter handle @sekgari, commented: "Only 10 more fails and child finishes matric."
Our readers also responded to the news on our Facebook page and it was evident that many were not impressed with the idea. However, there were those who felt it was a good move on the side of the department of education.
Malandi Menera commented: "A stupid decision is taken and applauded in this sinkhole... The standard of education has reached the highest levels of 'incompetent products'"
Samantha Anderson wrote: "Are we getting a return from our investment in public education? All the billions and billions spent and no teacher accountability or performance contracts. I think we need to privatise education and give parents the money to choose a school that is best for their child's needs and performs. Poorly performing schools will close and the best schools will be well funded."
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