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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

Government to Donate School Uniforms to Poor Children

Mpumalanga Health and Social Development will donate school uniforms to 10,000 poor children before the end of this month to help parents who can't afford to buy them.

The department spokesperson, Abie Ndlela, points out that: "The department acknowledges that going back to school can be very costly, especially with school uniform prices soaring."

Ndlela thanked social workers and community development workers for helping the department identify poor children who need school uniforms and food parcels.

Pandor Promises All Results by Month-End

Education minister Naledi Pandor says South Africa should have the final 2008 matric examination pass rate by the end of this month, when her department expects to have finished its investigations into about 700 allegations of examination irregularities.

Pandor expressed concern about the delay in the release of the results, particularly those for whom continuous assessments were not handed in to the provincial authorities on time.

CINDI Appeals for School Uniforms

The Children in Distress Network (CINDI) has launched its annual Singatha appeal for school uniforms to help families in Pietermaritzburg and the midlands who cannot afford uniforms for their children.

The organisation is of the view that most children do not attend school because of the stigma attached to not having school uniform.

Donations can be made to The Children in Distress Network, Nedbank current account number 1343 074959, Cascades branch (code 134 325). Donors are urged to put their names and contact details as references so that CINDI can thank them.

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