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.
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.
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.
The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) says a record number of black students sat for and passed the final qualifying examination towards becoming chartered accountants.
Of the 200 candidates who passed with flying colours, 142 were black, of which 107 were African.
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.
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?"
Mr Jody Kollapen
(Chairperson, South African Human Rights Commission, Johannesburg)
Ms Nariman Khan
(Head, Safer Schools Division, Department of Education, Cape Town)
Mr Bongani Mcoyana
(Chairperson, South African Democratic Teachers' Union, Western Cape)
Every child has a right to a decent education. Every child has a right to dignity in school. These principles are not negotiable.
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
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.