Education expert predicts doom and gloom

MPs on Tuesday heard SA's grade nine pupils are failing dismally in maths.

FILE: An education expert believes SA pupils will continue to struggle in maths and literacy. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - An education expert believes there will be no great improvement in the literacy and numeracy level of primary schools pupils in the near future.

Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday heard the country's grade nine pupils are failing dismally in maths.

The Western Cape Education Department also announced only 14,3 percent of grade nine pupils in the province passed provincial testing on the subject in 2013.

Education expert Graeme Bloch says, "I think the Western Cape needs to wake up and realise that progress is very slow. The literacy has become worse from what I can see over the years. I'm not sure what the reasons are, but I think it's partly because people don't understand the role and importance of education."

Meanwhile, the government has come under fire over the deteriorating quality of education.

According to new data from the National Education Evaluation and Development Unit (NEEDU), 13 percent of grade five learners from rural schools are illiterate.