schooling

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.

Quality of SA Education Still Low - SAIRR Study

According to the Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR), access to education may have increased dramatically since 1994 but quality is still below what the country needs.

In its latest survey, SAIRR points out that of the 500 000 learners wrote matric exams in 2007, only 15 percent or half the 1980 pass rate, obtained university entrance standard. It further says the Western Cape achieved a pass rate of 25 percent compared to nine percent for the Eastern Cape.

South Africa’s Quality of Education Poor – HSRC

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has found that the quality of education in South Africa fares badly in comparison with that of other poorer countries.

HSRC’s chief research specialist at the education research unit, Cas Prinsloo, says trends in international and national pupil performance shows dismal performance in mathematics, science and literature. 

Matriculants Not Ready for Exams – Unions

Teachers unions in KwaZulu-Natal say that the trial exams have shown that most matriculants in the province are not prepared for the new curriculum finals.
 
The National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africaconducted a snap survey after the trials, questioning teacher training in the new curriculum and whether pupils were coping with the standard of the national exams.

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