So how true is this of South Africa?

Anyone who knows me, knows that I read… a lot. I whizz my way through articles, websites, journals and books, just about breathing in all the information that I can find. But, every now and then, something makes me stop and take a moment to really think hard about an issue.

An article, originally published in The Conversation, explores how some schools still actively avoid enrolling certain children. It made me think back a number of years to when our local government schools were prohibited from charging an admin fee for processing enrollments. This automatically excluded children from parents who could not afford this fee. That said, I have also had experiences of being asked to have proof provided from previous schools that fees were up to date, never mind children’s report cards so that their marks or teachers’ remarks could be included in intake assessment.

It made me think back a number of years to when our local government schools were prohibited from charging an admin fee for processing enrollments. This automatically excluded children from parents whose families could not afford this fee. That said, I have also had experiences of being asked to have proof provided from previous schools that fees were up to date, never mind children’s report cards so that their marks or teachers’ remarks could be included in intake assessment.

As a teacher, I realise the importance of being able to see previous marks and commentary, however, I sometimes wonder at the prejudice that a past teacher’s comment may define my children in a new teacher’s mind. With schools now required to run the ANA’s (Annual National Assessments), I wonder how this affects the choice of school for children who may need to relocate?

With schools now required to run the ANA’s (Annual National Assessments), I wonder how this affects the choice of school for children who may need to relocate? And what of children for whom schools feel they cannot accommodate? At what point, can a school draw the line in terms of reasonable accommodation?

 

Everybody is entitled to education

The United Nations has reiterated that Inclusive Education is the way forward for our children, communities, and society.

At a meeting on 1 September, in Geneva, UN experts concluded that Inclusive education is vital for all, including persons with disabilities. This serves to remind us as teachers and parents, that children need to be supported in their home communities to reach their potential so that all our children can grow up to be active citizens in our country.

Our challenge is to make it happen.