Interesting commentary on what the rest of the world might learn from Finland's famous education system. The article laments the status quo in the United States, but I think much of it rings true for South Africa - and, no doubt, many other countries as well.
Teachers are required to have at least a master’s degree, and only one in ten percent of the applicants to the country’s eight master’s programs in education are accepted. Perhaps this is why the role of the teacher in the Finnish national imagination is the same as it used to be in the rest of the Western world until recently — being a teacher in Finland is a title as respectable as that of a lawyer or a doctor. [...] “One wonders what we might accomplish as a nation if we could finally set aside what appears to be our de facto commitment to inequality, so profoundly at odds with our rhetoric of equity, and put the millions of dollars spent continually arguing and litigating into building a high-quality education system for all children.”