South Africa’s primary-school pupils struggling with basic literacy and numeracy.

The results from the national assessment of grade 3 and 6 pupils are out, and they are shocking.

The national average performance in grade 3 for literacy was 35%, and 28% for numeracy. In grade 6, pupils achieved and average of 28% in languages, and 30% in mathematics.

What this means is that a lot needs to be done to South Africa’s education system, and that doesn’t mean just throwing money at it. Though some money has to be thrown around considering that a number of our student’s still do not desks, not to mention textbooks.

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