Parents in South Africa are “outsourcing” their kids’ homework to get better marks – report

Parents in South Africa are “outsourcing” their kids’ homework to receive better marks, the Sunday Times reported.

One man in Durban reportedly is able to put together a science project for a learner for R200, for a mark exceeding 80%.

People advertise their services to parents over social media, the paper said, and includes essay and speech writing.

University students are also advertising school essay writing services for 60 cents a word on Gumtree.

Parents and teachers slammed this practice, with school-based work making up 25% of a child’s year mark.

A parent who spoke to the Sunday Times said that kids are buying their way through school, and the “outsourcing of assignments flourished in most of Johannesburg’s wealthy suburbs”.


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Parents in South Africa are “outsourcing” their kids’ homework to get better marks – report