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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.

Poverty Remains the priority for SA

As the 2009 South African elections came to a close in April, it should not be forgotten that poverty alleviation remains one of the most important concerns for the country. South Africa has seen waves of social unrest from its poorest and most marginalised citizens over the past 18 months, some of these demonstrations resulting in violence.

Minister to Increase Funding on Tertiary Education

Education Minister Naledi Pandor says government funding of higher education has risen sharply in recent years and is expected to continue to increase at rates above inflation.

Pandor points out that in the 2009/10 financial year, the government will provide funding of up to R19.3 billion to public higher education, R4.1 billion more than that spent in 2007/08.

Pandor Condemns Campaigning at Schools

The Department of Education has warned political parties against campaigning at schools.

In a press statement, Education Minister, Naledi Pandor, warns against any campaigning directed at learners or teachers during school time.

Pandor states that she noted with “grave concern” that teachers in Gauteng had attended a political meeting in school time.

“Teachers and learners should not be allowed to attend campaign meetings during school hours,” says Pandor.

DETA Conference 2009

The Distance Education and Teacher Education in Africa (DETA) is hosting the DETA Conference 2009 from 3-6 August 2009 in Ghana.

Expanding education and improving its quality is central to the development of Africa. If we want to realise the goal of quality education for all, faculties of education in Africa need to actively take the lead.

Is Violence Out of Control at our Schools?

The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, invites you and members of your organisation to the seminar "Is Violence Out of Control at Our Schools?"

Chair
Mr Jody Kollapen
(Chairperson, South African Human Rights Commission, Johannesburg)

Speakers
Ms Nariman Khan
(Head, Safer Schools Division, Department of Education, Cape Town)

Mr Bongani Mcoyana
(Chairperson, South African Democratic Teachers' Union, Western Cape)

Just walking around

Just walking around
says a Grade 10 friend
of her week one
at our local high school
apparently where the pass
and pregnancy rates compete
in the gossip stakes

No teaching happening
No learning happening
Just walking around

Should I worry
as I'm not a parent
just a local concerned
as I should be

As you should be
too, parent or not
local citizen, behind
the security of your fence

You should be
in our children's future

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