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Parents take a dim view of local education system

Parents take a dim view of local education system
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They also voiced far greater anxiety about peer pressure and attitudes towards drugs, drinking and sex than parents in all other countries except Kenya.

Yet they were relatively unconcerned about health, a somewhat surprising finding, given that SA has the world’s worst HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Only 11% of South African parents listed health among their top three worries.

Despite their pessimism, the vast majority of South African parents expressed confidence in their children’s teachers. More than four-fifths (84%) of these parents said they thought the quality of teaching at their children’s schools was good.

Vikas Pota, CE of the Varkey Foundation, said: “Despite headlines of funding shortfalls and educational failure around the world, it’s remarkable to see how much faith parents have in the quality of teaching in their child’s school. However good or bad their country’s education system is, according to the global rankings, parents throughout the world have strong confidence in the abilities of their own child’s teacher. And almost two-thirds of parents believe their child’s school is preparing them well for the world of 2030 and beyond.

“Our research also shows that parents, especially in emerging economies, are taking their role in education seriously by devoting many hours a week to help their child out of school.”

But governments needed to support parents by ensuring that under-pressure schools’ budgets were protected and reversing cuts in education aid in the poorest parts of the world.

“A $39bn annual shortfall in financial support must be found if we are to meet the Sustainable Development Goals on education and to ensure we give every child their birthright of a decent education,” said Pota.


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