More than 15,000 march for education in S. Africa

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 12:14 PM
More than 15,000 march for education in S. Africa

More than 15,000 are marching in South Africa's western city of Cape Town to demand libraries, computers labs and other resources for township schools, many of which are vastly under-resourced.

Yoliswa Dwane, a spokeswoman for Cape Town-based Equal Education said Monday that the government spent billions of rand on the World Cup, but has not invested the same on basic education.

South Africa, a country with one of the greatest disparities of wealth, still struggles to close the gap apartheid created between white and black schools. Only a third of third-graders in South Africa meet the minimum literacy and numeracy standards, according to national test results. Last year, a third of those taking final-year exams failed.