Grade RR: Priority or Pie in the Sky?

Children play beneath illegally connected electrical wires in Kliptown, Soweto. November 19, 2014. Photo: REUTERS, Siphiwe Sibeko

The education crisis has many proposed solutions, but new evidence points to the problem that our best bet – catching the problem early – might be a practically unattainable goal.

The Daily Maverick reports that findings from reports and research conducted on the feasibility of a high-quality early learning programme roll-out that could drastically improve the South African education problem, are not encouraging, both for now and in the future.

The research indicates that despite the enormous benefit to pursuing high-quality pre-school education programmes, South Africa cannot ensure the necessary quality of such a strategy for it to be meaningful, and new reports add that the quality cannot be bettered without drastic changes.

Without the widespread availability of the proper tools to measure the quality of ECD programmes, the feasibility of any new early learning programmes of meaningful quality will remain dubious.

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