A for dreams and F for actual plans – Ramaphosa #SONA2019

Riyaz Patel

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address has drawn mixed reaction from netizens. While the speech scored an A for its dreams and visions it scored an F for education.

Here are the excerpts from President Ramaphosa’s speech on education, laced with reaction from stakeholders and ordinary South Africans.

If we are to ensure that within the next decade, every 10 year old will be able to read for meaning, we will need to mobilise the entire nation behind a massive reading campaign.”

“Early reading is the basic foundation that determines a child’s educational progress, through school, through higher education and into the work place.”

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“All other interventions – from the work being done to improve the quality of basic education to the provision of free higher education for the poor, from our investment in TVET colleges to the expansion of workplace learning – will not produce the results we need unless we first ensure that children can read.”

“It is through initiatives like the National Reading Coalition that we will be able to coordinate this national effort.”

“All foundation and intermediate phase teachers are to be trained to teach reading in English and the African languages, and we are training and deploying a cohort of experienced coaches to provide high quality on-site support to teachers.”

“We are implementing the Early Grade Reading Programme, which consists of an integrated package of lesson plans, additional reading materials and professional support to Foundation Phase teachers.”

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“This forms part of the broader efforts to strengthen the basic education system by empowering school leadership teams, improving the capabilities of teachers and ensuring a more consistent measurement of progress for grades 3, 6 and 9.”

“We also have to prepare our young people for the jobs of the future.”

“This is why we are introducing subjects like coding and data analytics at a primary school level.”

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