LEAP Science and Maths Schools is a collection of six no fee, independent high schools serving students living in townships in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Jane Furse. LEAP aims to equip these young people with the academic and emotional skills to go ‘to, through and beyond’ their tertiary studies, notwithstanding the poverty-affected circumstances of their lives. LEAP has achieved extraordinary success in its relatively short history with a 94% average Grade 12 pass rate with 74% of our matriculants engaged in tertiary studies.
Child rights group, Molo Songololo, has warned that school leavers who fail to find jobs are at risk of turning to crime or substance abuse.
Molo Songololo director, Patrick Solomons, says that there is an urgent need for schools to better prepare matriculants, and provide them with more information.
Solomons further states that jobs are hard to find and school leavers can become demotivated and ultimately dysfunctional.
The Eastern Cape department of education says school children must be supported in their right to a preferred sexual orientation.
The department’s superintendent general, Modidima Mannya, points out that, "There is an urgent need to advance a transformation agenda that addresses all matters of common social and cultural understanding.”
The Council for the Advancement of South African Constitution (CASAC) has written an open letter to the national director of public prosecutions (NPA), Menzi Simelane, expressing its ‘grave concern’ about his decision to prosecute the female learner in the Jules High School sexual offences matter.
SASAC executive secretary, Lawson Naidoo, is of the view that the constitutional right of the female learner will be violated in the event of her being prosecuted.
It is now commonly accepted that there is a deep crisis regarding the ‘culture of reading” in South Africa. Only a very small section of the public reads and buys books, there is a virtual collapse of library services, and publishing in black languages continues to struggle 16 years after the end of apartheid.
The indices of this crisis are equally well-known:
- Only a very small section of the public reads and buys books – both for leisure (fiction) and self-education or self-advancement (non-fiction)
The latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor shows that in South Africa men are 1.6 times more likely to succeed as business owners than women.
This shocking statistic is reported to be a particularly South African phenomenon. Amongst other things, it appears to be related to low levels in self-belief amongst women that they have the knowledge, skills and experience to start and succeed in business.
Part of improving the levels of quality in education and health is providing infrastructure that responds to global needs in terms of skills, technology and sports.
The Gauteng Department of Education has announced that six rural schools in Merafong, south-west of Johannesburg will be shut down and merged with other schools.
In a press statement, the department says that, “All these schools are on privately-owned land and have inconsistent water supply, some without electricity, have multi-grade teaching and many other challenges relating to the provision of quality education and the well-being of learners.”
Equal Education (EE) says the money spent on Cape Town's soccer World Cup stadium would have paid for 9 000 school libraries.
EE, which is running a campaign to provide schools with libraries, says it recognises that the Western Cape education department had to make hard choices.
In a press statement, the organisation says that it does not claim that school libraries should take precedence over creating new schools or new teaching posts.
More than 10 000 learners have gathered in Cape Town's Grand Parade on Human Rights Day to demand that the government provides libraries for every school in the country.
Equal Education (EE) spokesperson, Yoliswa Dwane, whose organisation spearheaded the school library campaign nationally and coordinated the march, points out that Grand Parade was filled to capacity, adding that, "You couldn't even see a bare patch of ground -- the place was covered with learners in their school uniforms."