Protesting Zimbabwe Students Arrested – ZLHR

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) says police have arrested four representatives of the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) after a foiled protest, over new tuition fees at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare.

ZLHR says the four were arrested as they addressed students over a decision by authorities at the institution to bar students who have not paid their tuition fees from attending lectures or using the library.

Creecy Criticises ‘Unacceptable’ Education Quality

Gauteng MEC for Education, Barbara Creecy, has acknowledged that there are still a significant number of schools that do not deliver quality when measured in terms of pupil outcomes.

Creecy says that the consequences of this are that many of the youth end up having education without the basics they will need to make their way in the world. She says that the main challenge for any school system is to provide every child with almost one million minutes of quality education.

Elimination of Discrimination in Public Higher Education Institutions

The ‘Report of the Ministerial Committee on Transformation and Social Cohesion and the Elimination of Discrimination in Public Higher Education Institutions’ investigates discrimination in public higher education institutions, with a particular focus on racism, and makes appropriate recommendations to combat discrimination and promote social cohesion.

New Policy Deals with School Bullying

The high prevalence of bullying in schools has prompted the Gauteng Education Department to devise new policies to curb the scourge.

MEC for Education Barbara Creecy has said a new policy dealing with safety in schools was being developed. It would be made public within a few months.

Creecy said she had asked policy experts to look specifically at bullying and ways of dealing with it so that cases can be resolved sooner. One possibility was instating truancy officers and appointing school social workers within five years.

Language Struggle Must Make Way for Language Support

The Ministerial Committee’s report on transformation and social cohesion and the elimination of discrimination in public higher education institutions, released recently, is one of the most comprehensive and balanced reports on the conditions undermining social cohesion, successful integration and, particularly, academic performance at our universities.

Nzimande Challenges Brain Drain

Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, has called for the internationalisation of higher education to be managed to help African countries avert a brain drain.

Speaking during the 2009 World Conference on Higher Education in Paris, Nzimande told delegates that this is part of the result of poor access to education in some African countries.

According to a conference paper, in 2007 over 2.8 million students were enrolled in higher educational institutions outside their country of origin - a 53 percent increase since 1999.

Refugee Kids Must be Schooled

The Minister of Women, Children and Persons with Disability, Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya, says refugee children should have access to education in South Africa.
"I urge you as children to also take responsibility to attend school because without education, it will be extremely difficult to make it in life anywhere in the world,"
Mayende-Sibiya said.

She was addressing about 150 South African children and child refugees in Bela Bela, Limpopo, who had gathered to celebrate the Day of the African Child and World Refugee Day.

Education Non-Negotiable – Mokonyane

The education of an African child cannot be negotiated or postponed. This is according to Gauteng Premier, Nomvula Mokonyane.

Mokonyane, whose comments follow last week’s protest by Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) members who disrupted classes demanding appointment letters be signed for their preferred principals, was addressing members of school governing bodies and parents at the Soweto College of Education.

Free Education Will Reduce University Revenue

The University of Cape Town vice-chancellor, Max Price, says making education free to all undergraduate students will reduce universities revenue by 30 percent.

Price argues that the move will also deprive universities of important sources of revenue in the form of fees from students who can afford to pay them as well as from the private sector which gives financial support to students.

Zim Education System Needs Funding

The Zimbabwean education ministry has announced that mid-year schools examination have been postponed for a month due to lack of funding by international donors.

Education Minister David Coltart states that the government is struggling to raise the US$350 000 needed to finance the administration of the examinations.

"I have put a variety of funding applications to donors, but we are still yet to get responses," says Coltart.


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