‘SA education better before democracy’

Agang leader Mamphela Ramphele has criticised the country’s education system.

FILE: Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele campaigning on the streets of Tembisa on Gauteng’s East Rand. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Agang leader Mamphela Ramphele says South Africa's education system was better before the advent of democracy.

Speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, she told students government spends the largest portion of its budget on education than any other country.

But Ramphele says South Africa has the worst education outcome.

Agang SA political director Moeketsi Mosola says the country's education outcome is ranked last in the world in a survey that compared 148 other states.

"We are rated even worse than Somalia when it comes to education outcome. Dr Ramphele was talking to students to say that you cannot expect students to pass at 30 percent at high school level and be globally competitive."