As we mark Youth Month in June, there is greater reflection on the numerous challenges affecting our young people and children. One major issue they confront is a high illiteracy rate. South Africa was placed last out of 50 countries in the most recent Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) in 2016. The study found that 8 out of 10 Grade 4 learners cannot read for meaning in any language. Reading is the basis for all other learning, so if children can’t read, they will struggle throughout their schooling and be much less likely to achieve academic and career success.
Celebrations of UNESO’s (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Book and Copyright Day on the 23rd April 2019, has placed literacy, literature in indigenous languages and education at the centre of global discussions.
Katherine Johnson, known for her pioneering work at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) received an honorary degree from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Monday evening at the age of 100.
Her work contributed to efforts to put the first men into space and eventually the moon.
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Four Rhodes University PhD Chemistry students have come out tops in the 2019 Hult Prize Challenge for their electronic and electrical waste management system, putting them in line to win a $1m (about R14.3m) startup injection for their business idea.
When it comes to autism, most interventions focus on children. But what happens when autistic children become adults and have to make their own way in the world?
Some children on the autism spectrum grow up to function independently as adults, with careers and families of their own. Others do not.
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‘What do we do before crossing the road? We look to the left and then right; if there is no car, we cross,” says Rachel Phiri.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says a new model used to build better schools in the country will help in eradicating schools without water, sanitation and electricity.
Ramaphosa was speaking in Dannhauser in northern KwaZulu-Natal, at the official handing over ceremony of three new schools.
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'Young Leaders for Children' Conference - A conference for emerging young leaders to drive sustainable change in the children’s sector!
The Department of Education has announced the matric pass rate for 2017: 75.1% – 2.6 % points higher than in 2016.
629,155 full-time grade 12’s sat in for the 2017 NSC examinations, while an additional 173,276 part-time learners also wrote. Of these candidates, 534,484 full-time candidates, and 117,223 part-time candidates wrote the exams.
This discrepancy is because of the number of progressed learners (learners which have failed Grade 11 twice) which will write their remaining exams later this year. If these students are excluded, the pass rate rises to 76.5%.
Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr. BE Nzimande's statement on Government's 2017 fee support to students from poor, working and middle class families Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the media, and thank you very much for making time to be here for this important announcement.
Our public universities are a significant national asset. They empower the next generation with skills and knowledge, and contribute significantly to the ability of our economy to compete globally through innovative and appropriate research.