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.

SA’s Teacher Evaluation Failed, Motshekga

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says the current system for the evaluation of teachers in South Africa’s schools has failed and a new model, possibly including the idea, despised by trade unions, of returning to an inspectorate, has to be developed.

Motshekga says the existing integrated quality management system and its associated development appraisal system will be retained for now because they are the only tools available to assess teachers.

Gauteng Online for Most Gauteng Schools

Eight years, hundreds of millions of rands and six companies later, by the end of the month most schools will have Gauteng Online.

This is according to SMMT Online executive chairperson, Tebogo Mogashoa. Mogashoa says they have connected 1 365 of 2042 schools, adding that, “Our target for November is 1500 schools. There are 157 schools with structural defects that the education department has to sort out.”

2010 Education Changes

From next year, pupils across the country will do fewer projects, and teachers' workloads will be reduced, as a result of the changes the Department of Basic Education is making to the National Education Curriculum.

However, Centre for Education Rights and Transformation at the University of Johannesburg says that many of the problems in education were not necessarily because of the curriculum.

More Teachers for Poor Schools

South Africa's poorest pupils could soon enjoy the luxury of smaller classes if a plan by minister of basic education, Angie Motshekga, is implemented.

Motshekga is considering an alternative staffing model for schools, which involves allocating proportionally more teaching posts to schools serving the most impoverished pupils.

She confirmed that she is studying a model that will distribute teaching posts according to the actual class size per grade, the size of the school and its curriculum requirements.

ICT: Policy and Regulatory Management

The School of Public and Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand invites applications for a postgraduate degree in Information Communication Technology: Policy and Regulatory Management for 2010.

The course will empower participants on policy regulation in the information and communication technology sector.

Closing date for applications: 30 November 2009

Idasa: Right to Know, Right to Education

Idasa is hosting a discussion forum on the Right to Know, Right to Education on 9 October 2009 in Cape Town.

Presenters are Richard Calland (Idasa) and Martin Sigal (ACIJ) in Argentina). A documentary entitled ‘The South also Exists: Education Inequalities in the City of Buenos Aires’ will be screened followed by a cocktail party.

The documentary, by JUNCO films, presents compelling information on inequality in the educational system in Argentina and illustrates the socio-economic discrimination within school system in the country.

Motshekga Withdraws Proposal Over Marks

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has withdrawn a proposal that was understood to mean matriculants could achieve a distinction by attaining an average of 70 percent instead of 80 percent. This is according to her adviser, Panyaza Lesufi.

The proposal, put in a government gazette for public comment on 29 August 2009, was withdrawn from the department’s website after Motshekga was caught off guard by questions on the proposal and said she knew nothing of it.


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