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NGO Helps Build Classrooms

Human Help Network Rwanda (HHN), a NGO that promotes sustainable human, social and economic development has handed over a six-classroom block it built in Karama Sector, Huye district.

With technical expertise from the partnership between Rhineland-Palatinate and Rwanda, HHN also constructed latrines and provided clean water to the over 1 400 pupils of the school.

SAIRR Backs Free Education Call

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says the demand for free education by students at higher education institutions is justifiable considering the high number of students who dropped out because they could not afford higher education.

SAIRR deputy CEO, Frans Cronje, says the students’ protests raised questions about how the government prioritised its programmes.

Department Focuses on Pupils’ Performances

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has announced that it will this year focus on pupil’s performances in schools.

MEC Barbara Creecy says that, “Our president and our premier have made it clear that by 2014 we need to ensure that learners leave primary schools able to read, write and achieve in basic mathematics.”
Creecy states that the province’s matric pass rate needs to improve, with a higher percentage of young people achieving a university entrance.

Soweto Teachers Receive Laptops

Teachers in Soweto were among the first in the country to receive laptops from iBurst in a Teacher Laptop Initiative.

Durban Deep Primary School principal, Sherrol Molete, who also receieved a laptop, says that, “As far as I am concerned, the laptop is a gift. I did not order it and was not aware that I was going to get it. It will help me with running the school.”

The initiative is part of the South African Democratic Teachers Union Soweto region has with iBurst.

KZN School Gets Zero Percent Pass Rate

The KwaZulu-Natal school which received a zero percent matric pass rate has had no principal since 2000 and has only six teachers -- three of whom were temporary, an education union said on Wednesday.

Zuzanawe High School in northern KwaZulu-Natal was one of the province’s four schools to receive a zero percent matric pass rate during the 2009 examinations.

Teacher Wins Top ICT Award

A local teacher, Mmipe George Mokgehle, has proven that hard work is rewarding by scooping the prestigious African ICT Achiever’s Award at the weekend.

Mokgehle, who teaches at Toronto Primary School in Mankweng outside Polokwane, was awarded a certificate of excellence at a function at the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg.

The award is given in recognition of teachers who have contributed to improving information communication technology (ICT) skills among pupils. The contest was between teachers from all parts of the continent.

Ermelo High School Court Ruling a Double-edged Sword!

The Ermelo High School judgement is certainly one the most important in the history of the Constitutional Court. This well-argued and pedagogically sound judgment investigated several critical questions about the roles and functions of the education department and governing bodies in terms of determining language policy and consequently sets new parameters in terms of access, redress and accountability.

UN to Boost Education in Africa

The United Nations has vowed to urgently tackle problems of teacher shortages, adult illiteracy and low pupil enrolment at schools on the African continent over the next year.

New director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, says that assisting Africa will be her top priority.

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