Education

Development Hampered by Failing Education System

Mail and Guardian, 2 April 2007.

Sarah McGregor argues that after 13 years of democracy, South Africa's education system is still struggling to erase historical inequalities.

She writes that “even though the country's laws promise free education, schools have continued to charge poor parents fees.” She holds the view that South Africa may be the only country in the SADC region to miss the Millennium Development Goal of improving access to primary education by 2015.

Teachers are the Problem

Business Day, 13 March 2007.

The reason behind high failure rates at some schools is a lack of accountability among teachers argues Edward West.

To support his case, West refers to comments made by Prof Jonathan Jansen, University of Pretoria Dean of Education, at a teacher development conference held in Durban. Jansen argues that matriculants are not solely to blame for the high failure rate,  but rather teachers are also part of the problem.

Monitoring and Evaluation of ICT in Education Projects: A Handbook for Developing Countries

‘Monitoring and Evaluation of ICT in Education Projects' is a 1444-page handbook for developing countries.

The handbook is intended as a quick introduction and guide for busy policymakers and practitioners grappling with how to understand and assess the information and communications technology (ICT) related investments underway in the education sector.

Dutch Grant for Literacy & Numeracy Research

Business Day, 22 February 2007. 

A group of educational institutions and organisations have received a R69 million grant from the Dutch Embassy to conduct research in literacy and numeracy.

The research is being conducted by Jet Education Services, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), the Education Policy Consortium and the Project for the Study of Alternatives in South Africa and is endorsed by the education department.

10 Schools get Linux Labs

Tectonic, 13 February 2007.

The Absa Foundation and Engen Corporate Affairs will spend R600 000 to implement the Shuttleworth Foundation's tuXlab programme in ten Northen Cape schools.

The ten schools will be gaining a big investment to support the improvement of mathematics and science results in their schools. Each school will gain computer equipment, mathematical and science content and software that will be used by the Maths and Science learners only.

Department Involves NGOs Regarding Homosexuality at Schools

Sowetan, 5 February 2007.

The Gay and Lesbian Archive and OUT is reported to be working with the Department of Education in a project aimed at facilitating the acceptance of homosexuality at schools.

However, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACPD), which opposes the move, argues that while the best counselling and help should be available for young people in schools who are finding their way through a minefield of emotions and issues, destructive and harmful lifestyles must not be glamorised or encouraged.  

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