In a collection of images from times past, The Feral Irishman included this one:
I remember learning exactly the same system of writing (or ‘penmanship‘, as we called it) in the first few years of primary school (which covered the equivalent of Grades 1-7 in South Africa). We also started in pencil, and were allowed to graduate to fountain pens – no ballpoints allowed, but strictly! – when the teacher felt our progress warranted it. From Grade 3 onwards those with the best handwriting were allowed to use ballpoint pens, but if their script deteriorated they were immediately ‘demoted’ to fountain pens once more. (I didn’t get to use a ballpoint pen until Grade 4. I felt very put upon!)
There are several other images at the link that brought back memories. Click over there and see how many you remember.