Bored by the persistence of the 'education basket case' mythology, this is an attempt to challenge -- with empirical evidence -- the intractable myths relating to our education system.
Part One of this series provided some empirical evidence to debunk five persistent myths about matric results:
We are not making any progress;
Matric results report on quantity, not quality;
Matric is getting easier and easier;
Youth who fail matric have no options open to them; and
Every citizen should obtain matric;
In Part Two, I discuss another three recurrent claims that:
The roughly half-a-million students who don't make it from Grade 1 to Grade 12 are ignored;
Matric is written by 18-19-year-olds; and
Those outside schools are a lost cause.
Again, I will discuss each one, with some empirical evidence to ensure that my opinion is more than just my own experience or gut feeling.
MYTH 6: The roughly half-a-million students who drop out of full-time school between Grade 10 and Grade 12 are being ignored.
Did you hear the radio interviews, or see the tweets and news reports which argued that the Department of Basic Education deliberately ignores the youth who are out of full-time school, to inflate the...