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|Alternatively| Here are some of the most affected aspects of basic education affecting learners.

Thohoyandou - the South African educational system is not exactly what the public has been promised by the ruling party, and as a result, some strategies need to be employed to ensure the quality of basic education before looking into tertiary phase education.

DECLINING MATRIC PASS

The previous matric results of the academic year 2019 indicated that less than 30 percent of students scored above 50 percent in their major subjects while the entire reminder struggled. The indication reflects a problem that needs to be addressed by the Department of basic education, the sector entrusted with the responsibility of shaping minor students towards the institutions of higher education and training after matriculation.


The fact that the department of education host a celebration ceremony for top achievers has constantly masked underlying problems in the department particularly after the introduction of the 4th Industrial Revolution.


TEENAGE PREGNANCY

This is one of the most important problems facing the department, while parents and the government entrusted the department with responsibilities to shape the youth of tomorrow, several newspapers reports were shocking on the matter. Earlier this year Daily Mavericks newspaper revealed that over 36 000 babies were delivered by girls aged between 10 to 19 years of age in one year.


Interestingly, the figures noted during the lockdown reflected a slant increase than 2019 teenage pregnancy stats, indicating that this problem persists even though it holds horrible consequences of health and social kind.


LACK OF TEACHERS


While the main reason for education is to educate individuals within the society, the shortage of staffers to achieve this goal is questionable and has raised more concerns. Insight about the shortage of workers was provided during a parliamentary question on the vacancy rate in the sector of basic education, the Minister, Engie Motshekga indicated that over 20 000 teachers in the sector were still unallocated to their posts.


POOR INFRASTRUCTURE 

This is the overall housing and facilities needed to complement livelihood in school however, at some point the Department has also failed to fast track the construction of these important facilities like classes, toilets, etc. A lack of toilets in particular accounts for children missing schools due to rising hygiene-related diseases while contributing to poor learning conditions.


Additionally, shortage of classes, as well as overcrowded spaces, results in the destruction, noise, and stress onto prospective learners and that could lead to a lack of attention.


All in all, should the department of Education improve some of the above-mentioned aspects of schools, the children will enjoy a safer, conducive learning space until reaching the level of higher education.

Sources: 


https://www.news24.com/news24/columnists/guestcolumn/mmusi-maimane-five-ideas-to-fix-our-public-education-system-20210222


https://theconversation.com/teenage-pregnancy-during-covid-19-in-south-africa-a-double-pandemic-166987


https://www.sanews.gov.za/south-africa/basic-education-disputes-report-about-shortage-teachers#:~:text=The%20Department%20of%20Basic%20Education,000%20teachers%20in%20the%20country.&text=Motshekga%20said%20that%20Provincial%20Education,to%20schools%20that%20have%20vacancies.

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