Grade R Offers SA's Poorest Children No Benefit

A new study shows that grade R classes have almost zero effect on the future performance of pupils in South Africa’s poorest schools

A new study shows that grade R classes have almost zero effect on the future performance of pupils in South Africa’s poorest schools.

Titled ‘The Impact of the Introduction of Grade R on Learning Outcomes’, the study states that, “The impact of grade R in South Africa is small and there is virtually no measurable impact for the poorest three school quintiles, while there are some impacts for the higher quintile school.”

The study, which was conducted by the University of Stellenbosch on behalf of the departments of;- policy, monitoring and evaluation in the Presidency, and the basic education, found that instead of reducing the inequality gap in the country’s schooling system, “grade R further extends the advantage of more affluent schools”.

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Source: 
Mail and Guardian

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