Education has been in the news and top of mind for South Africans over the past year. People are talking about how to ensure that the resources poured into SA’s vast education value chain are harnessed more effectively. Whatever your personal view of the #FeesMustFall movement, one thing should be recognised — it has been very effective in shining a light on the challenges that students face as they often leave a public secondary schooling system that does not equip them for tertiary education. The list of culprits grows daily if one takes cues from social media: the government in its multiple guises; the scholars and students; parents; teachers, principals and school administration teams; unions and school governing bodies; the apartheid regime; business and the previous generation of activists. While critiquing may be a useful analytical tool in trying to understand deeply complex social challenges, such as the universal provision of quality education, blame has never resolved any...

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