Child Suppport Grant: A Dangling Carrot In Curriculum Development
AbstractIn this article, South Africa’s Child Support Grant (CSG), which is a dangling carrot in curriculum development, is critiqued. This study shows that the rate of teenage pregnancy, which is fuelled by the CSG, in high schools is alarmingly high. Teachers allege that girls are lured by the CSG given to mothers to drop out of schools with the intention to babysit. The proliferation of illegitimate children born into poverty engulfs huge swathes of the country and affects the development of the school curriculum. This study was conducted in one of the districts of Limpopo province where ten schools obtained a 0% pass rate in the National Senior Certificate Examinations in 2011/12. Ninety-nine per cent of the Grade 12 learners in these schools are girls who happened to fail the gateway subjects such as Mathematics and Physical Science. The findings revealed that a decrease in education resulted in an increase in fertility and that the CSG in combination with poverty causes teenagers to drop out of school at a tender age.
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