Pupils Don’t Read Because They Watch Soapies With Their Parents – Minister

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has disclosed that most schools in South Africa are falling behind in completing this year’s curriculum.

Speaking to parents at Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa, Kempton Park; as part of Mandela Month; Motshekga opined that only 40% of the curriculum has been covered so far – meaning schools would not complete the curriculum before the year runs out.

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The minister expressed sadness over the trend; stating that the trend of not completing curriculum usually affects students when they move over to high school.

“That’s why our children don’t cope in high school and drop out. This is a major problem because they have to be put in microwaves and we have to hold Saturday classes to help the learners catch up with what they have missed,” she said.

She enjoined parents to help curb this menace by making their children spend more time with their books.

“Our people are not reading. We have have a report that says 85% of our people don’t read. People are watching soapies with their children and no one reads. Parents, please let’s make sure that our children read,” she said.



Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa, Kempton Park is one of the oldest schools in South Africa.

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During the visit, Motshekga was accompanied by President Jacob Zuma, Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

While the event lasted, Zuma and his entourage inspected conditions at the school and interacted with pupils in the school.

Meanwhile, the minister has refuted claims that South Africa’s schooling system has increased from 12 years to 25 years.

As gathered, a reports had claimed that the Department of Basic education confirmed that the schooling period will be increased come next year.

Motshekga said the report is untrue.