South Africa has recently passed the country’s new National Education Standards, a reform that aims to improve student outcomes.
But in many areas, the reform hasn’t delivered.
In some, such as health care, students still have to go to private providers.
Free schools are another issue.
In many places, the primary schools have been closed and there is no free kindergarten option available.
This lack of free education is one of the main reasons why South Africa is ranked as the most segregated country in the world, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
According to the OECD, South Africa ranks as the third most segregated economy in the Americas and the second most segregated in Asia, after China and Japan.
With more than 80% of South Africans living in poverty, the issue of education is often a key issue for the country.
Free education is also a common cause for protests in the country, with some parents opting for private schooling, or even going back to the traditional school system in which the primary school is still open.
In order to improve educational outcomes for all South Africans, education reformers need to focus on the students’ needs, not just their teachers, said Nolwana Hlwati, founder and chief executive officer of Education One, a charity that provides free school textbooks.
The education system is not a magic bullet that will fix South Africa’s education problems, but education reform must take into account the needs of students, Hlwaati said.
Education reform needs to be targeted to the students, not only their teachers.
“It is not just about fixing the textbooks.
It is about how you improve the schools.
It should not just be about the textbook but how you can improve the education system,” Hlwali said.
Free kindergarten in South African schools is now compulsory, but students still don’t have access to it.
In most cases, students are not able to access free school books as they are either not able or unwilling to pay for them.
Free school textbooks can cost around R10,000 (US$3,400), according to Free South Africa.
The government has recently announced that it will begin offering free school school textbooks to students from next year.
But there is still a long way to go for free school students in South Africans’ schools, and students have also been left to fend for themselves.
“Free school education is not available in the whole country, but the poor, who have little to no education, are still left with a big disadvantage,” Hwala said.
In her opinion, free school education in South-Africa is not the solution to the problem of education inequality.
“The free school programme needs to start in primary schools and then move on to secondary schools and tertiary schools,” Hwaati stated.
“This would provide students with more opportunities, which is crucial if you want to see more children graduating in high school,” she added.
Education for all?
Education reformers are also working on creating a free school for all in South America, a continent which has many examples of the system that is working.
In Brazil, students can now access free education through an online service.
In Venezuela, the same model has been rolled out for some time, although students are still unable to access textbooks from the local secondary school system.
In Peru, the government recently announced plans to launch a free education programme that will enable students to take advantage of all the educational resources available to them.
The free education programmes in the United States are also helping to increase access to education in disadvantaged communities.
In fact, a recent study by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that the number of students enrolled in public, charter and charter school systems in the U and S. rose from 1.2 million in 2006 to more than 2.5 million in 2015.
The rise in the number in charter schools, however, has also been accompanied by a decline in enrollment in public schools.
In 2018, more than 30% of students in public charter schools left the public school system, according the National Education Policy Research Center (NEPCR).
In contrast, the percentage of students leaving charter schools was significantly lower than the percentage leaving the public schools, according research from the NEPCR.
It has been estimated that in the 2018-2019 school year, about 1.7 million students were enrolled in charter and/or charter school education, which was the largest single category in the school year for both public and charter schools.
According to a 2016 study by Education Next, the number and the number per school has been increasing in the US for the last 20 years.
The NEPCRs findings also showed that more than one-third of students were taking English language and math courses in 2018, compared to one-fifth in 2017.
What does this mean for education in the USA?
According to Hlwanis research, students in the public, free and charter systems have been getting a boost from the free school model in the schools and universities of the US.