Faizel Patel – Cii News & Agencies | 13 September 2012

South Africa’s education system was recently ranked one of the worst in the world. According to the 2011 annual national assessment figures, the World Economic Forum ranked South Africa 140th out of 144 which is lower than Lesotho and Swaziland.

The ranking is very disconcerting for the South African education department and may be justified, as last year only 35% of grade 3 pupils could read at the accepted level and only 28% could do sufficient math.

This year the education department says it wants to have 60% of children reading and writing properly which is double the amount of last year.

This may seem like Brobdingnagian task considering the disruptions in some provinces, but the department says it should not affect the results. The 2012 results will be released in December.