The common response among 82 primary school children in the Western Cape and Gauteng has been that more schools needed to be built in rural areas.
The lessons that emerge from high-achieving disadvantaged schools should be commonplace
We speak to our education reporter about her experience in the Eastern Cape where too few teachers and appalling toilets seem to have become the norm.
Education Minister Angie Motshekga has asked the country to believe that 73.9% of grade 12s are sufficiently literate and numerate to pass matric.
Horrendous hostel facilities, physical abuse by teachers and inconsistent recording of marks are some of the pupils' complaints.
After missing six months of schooling Northern Cape education department officials have decided that pupils in Olifantshoek will repeat 2012.
Dialogues within Eastern Cape communities centralise voices missing from the public discourse.
The question is not how to improve the disastrous system but rather how it can be reconfigured.