It seems as if we in South Africa are not the only ones with under-achieving schools. The USA has the same problem. A documentary film “Waiting for superman” has recently been made on the issue. What the film seems to advocate is widespread reform of the public school system, ranging from longer school terms to more stringent accountability standards for teachers.
Read more here: http://www.umportal.org/article.asp?id=7171
It seems as if the movie is causing quite a storm.... : http://talkingunion.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/grading-waiting-for-superman/