Hi everybody. Unfortunately this is my last post about my trip to south Africa. The days I spent there were amazing. I got to know so many things about this wonderful country and the life there. Now I know more about how people spend some of their holidays there, what they eat, what someone can visit and what to do while they are there. Of course my knowledge about some people who live and lived there has been improved and I also got to know some things about school there. And maybe you wonder, why I haven’t talked about schools yet. And here is the answer to the question. This last post is going to be about the education in South Africa. I always wanted to visit a school in another country and get to know more about the education and the system there. This travel gave me the chance to do it. I spoke with a teacher I met and she informed me a bit about schools. I even had the opportunity to hang with her a whole day in the school she works and join her class.
In South Africa the education is separated in primary education, middle education, secondary education, vocational education and tertiary education. The first 7 years are spent in primary school which is from grade 1 to grade 7. In primary school are literacy and numeracy established. The following 3 years are spent in a middle school which corresponds to the ‘’högstadiet’’ in swedish. The secondary education is from grade 10 to 12. When someone finishes the 12th grade has to take a written exam covering a minimum of six subjects to obtain the Senior Certificate and go to college.
The schools are builded in rural areas. And that is the problem. The schools are not as big as the schools in other countries. Sa most of all are forced to be in a class with more than 40 pupils in it. In other countries a normal class used to have about 20-25 children. Unfortunately the children in South Africa don't have the same opportunities. The class of the school that I visited had 52 pupils and only one teacher. Isn't that strange? The children can sit and play during the lesson without anyone notice them and that's not what they are supposed to do during the school time.
The school in Sweden and as I know in UK too is free of charge. You don’t have to pay for your child to go to school. In Sweden food is served at school, The parents in South africa have to pay R8000 to R20000 (it’s almost 4000 to 14000 swedish krona) every year to send their kids to school.
Having school uniforms in public schools is mandatory. I don’t know much about it but I can say that it is something that we all wish for… or anyways I wish for. In Sweden school uniforms is a dream. You can go to school and wear whatever you want. But in other countries like UK etc school uniforms is a school routine that can be both positive and negative in many different ways which I'm going to talk in another post. The meaning is that the schools in South Africa have uniforms like the other schools in UK and USA but this does not happen in Sweden.
About the schools hours are almost like everywhere else. They beggin at 7.30- 8.00 pm and finish around 14.00- 15.00 am.
That is all I know about the schools there. There was a really funny experience to travel there, live and learn so much about this country which is so beautiful. I hope you also learned many things about the obligatory education system in South Africa from this post and as much as other things from my previous posts.
XOXO Christina Outra