The Link Between Remedial Education, Matric Exams and University Success
A recent initiative to help grade 12’s pass has ended in startling failure. 78363 students had the opportunity to write their exams in two phases. They took some in November, and some in June. Only 6320 of these pupils passed on this program. That means that only 8% of these learners passed.
In all likelihood, these students lack a basic grounding in reading, writing, and maths. Remedial education could address these gaps in their learning.
Remedial Education and University Entrance
If you ever search “Remedial Education University” the results that come up focus on one area in particular. Many of the results are for high school graduates who need remedial help to prepare them for university (or college as it’s called in America).
As we have written about, millions of young adults in the States are stuck in a remedial education trap. After leaving high school, they are unable to read or do mathematics at a level required to pursue a university degree. To make up for this skills shortfall, they sign up for remedial classes in English and/or Maths. These classes don’t earn them credits towards their university degree. But each course still costs them the same amount as if they were studying towards a degree.
The drop out levels of students in these after high school remedial classes is very high. The completion rate of any degrees is very low.
South African students face similar challenges. Most (almost 85%) struggle to read in such a way as to follow an argument or line of reasoning.
Don’t start preparing for university after in Matric or after high school: get Remedial support now!
The best way for remedial education to help students prepare for university is not to wait until Matric or after high school. The aim should rather be to produce students who can read and write very well. A student leaving Matric should be able to do mathematics well enough to pursue a degree that requires this skill.
For these and other reasons, remedial intervention in young children is so important. This input at the earliest stages would produce the best long-term results. Intelligent students with learning difficulties need to be given the tools to read and calculate as soon as possible. In this way, students will be ready for the challenges of university.
Reading and Math Skills – The Bedrock of Future Academic Success in Matric and University
Being able to read is fundamental to being successful throughout school, and beyond. When someone can read, they do not fall back into being illiterate. Reading with understanding is so important. When a child can do that, they have mastered a skill they will definitely need throughout their educational career. And, obviously, a person needs to be able to read to do just about any job.
Being able to do sums is also a vital life skill. It is so important that a learner grasps the foundational mathematics principles at an early age. As maths sums progress in difficulty, knowing the basic concepts is shown to be more and more important.
Reading is needed in whatever university course a child might one day do. Students wanting to study a fine art or philosophy degree will need to read with understanding. Business and economics degrees require reading with comprehension. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics all require a good command of reading skills. Maths is also a very important component to so many university degrees and careers.
And even beyond the academic focus, reading and maths skills are incredibly important in daily life. Beyond school and university, we all need to be able to calculate home expenses and read up on the latest news and developments in our technological and information-driven world.
Remedial Education Prepares Students with Learning Challenges for University
Numerous studies have shown that when students fall behind, they don’t catch up in school. Especially in more traditional schools, slow learners and workers are not catered for. Their special educational needs are not addressed and met in most mainstream schools.
Remedial schools are best suited for children who have difficulties with learning. It could be dyscalculia or dyslexia or any number of conditions hindering a child’s education. A remedial school is going to have the resources and acumen to teach these children these important life skills.
A learner facing challenges is best served by having the foundations in reading, writing and calculating instilled at a young age. Parents who hope to see their children at university one day should absolutely consider remedial school when they see their children struggling to grasp early principles.
It needs to be emphasised again that many students in need of remedial help are just as intelligent as those who do not need it. The issue is not intelligence. What the student with a learning challenge faces is a very real barrier to learning. It is not a matter of intelligence, but a real condition that prevents them from absorbing information and acquiring skills in more conventional ways. With remedial help, they can often achieve excellent results.
Universities Need Students with Reading and Mathematics Skills
Adequate remedial programs have shown that concrete results and benefits can be seen quite quickly. The benefits are also substantial. This is not a quick-fix approach, but the results will not take decades to take effect.
What this means is that if more students in need of remedial help are enrolled to get that help, within a few years the calibre of university student could significantly improve.
Remedial Education is Effective and Yields Results
Research into educational needs continues to show that remedial education is effective for those with learning challenges. There should be more and more of an urgency to see the millions of children facing these issues enrolled in remedial schools. Or, at the very least, remedial programs. The sooner that children who have been educationally excluded are given the help they need, the better for it is them.
While university is certainly a worthy goal, the needs extend beyond that. These are important skills to have, regardless of educational qualification. We all need to budget and manage our finances, which is impossible to do without an adequate grasp of mathematics. We all need to be able to read in order to interact with the digital world we live in.
Japari is an Excellent Remedial School
We are passionate about seeing children with learning difficulties excel. We applaud mainstream schools for implementing remedial programs. We hope they will be effective. But research has shown that there are particular benefits for learners in need of remedial assistance to be in a specialised remedial school.
We are a school that can meet those needs.
In as affluent a country as the United States of America, only 1 in 16 school-age children has an Individualised Education Program (IEP). This would address their particular learning challenge, be it ADHD or dyslexia.
Japari ensures that each of its learners in the foundational phase has their own IEP. It is reappraised each term. This is to ensure that as your child progresses their needs are being met as they should.
We have a unique reading program to instil a love of reading in our students. Often for children with learning disabilities, reading is seen as only a necessary skill. We believe that all children should have the opportunity to develop a love for reading. That is what our reading program aims to foster in them.
These are just two initiatives that we implement. Our approach is holistic, wanting to see each facet of the child developed.
A Final Word on University and Remedial Education
Left in a traditional school environment children with learning disorders are unlikely to be able to even consider university. Remedial education can change that. Remedial education can give the child with dyslexia and other learning challenges the best chance to be able to gain entry and excel at a university.
It is never too early for a child to be given a good educational foundation. See us now for information on assessments. We want to see your child overcoming their obstacles. And we know that these children are capable of that with the right help. Let us give you and your child the right help and support needed.
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