Education

Striking Zimbabwean teachers earn equivalent of just R700 a month

06 February 2019
 

Teachers in Zimbabwe - who say their salaries are now so eroded they cannot afford to buy groceries or pay for school fees for their own children - are on the second day of a go-slow to protest against hyper-inflation.

Zimbabwe Teachers' Association (Zimta) president Richard Gundane said the strike was the culmination of the government's continued disregard of their welfare.
 

Kamva Lengisi tops Engen Maths and Science School’s Cala class

The personal success of Kamva Lengisi, the top matric at the Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS) in Cala in the rural Eastern Cape, will be South Africa’s gain, as he plans to attend Nelson Mandela University this year to chase his dream of becoming an engineer.
 
Kamva, 17, who attended Cala Village Senior Secondary and grew up in Cala, joined the EMSS programme in grade 11. He beat 59 fellow matrics at the end of last year to take the top spot in the Cala EMSS class, scoring three distinctions overall, including 80% for maths.
 

Take part in World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) on Friday, 1st February 2019

Every year Nal’ibali celebrates WRAD by issuing a brand-new story in all 11 official SA languages before asking adults to join them in reading it out loud to children on the day. Last year we read aloud to just over 1 million children and this year we hope to reach 1.5 million! Nal’ibali encourages South Africans to read aloud on WRAD to children in their mother tongue. You can download the official story – free of charge – in any of the official languages from the website: www/nalibali.org or www.nalibali.mobi
 
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Zlto to expand after Google funding

Cape Town-based social non-governmental organisation, Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs), plans a national roll out of its blockchain platform, Zlto, after receiving R3.4 million from the Google Impact Challenge last year.

The Google Impact Challenge seeks to invest in start-ups that use tech to tackle societal issues.

RLabs is a community-based skill development organisation that seeks to address youth unemployment by offering work opportunities through its blockchain start-up, Zlto Digital Platform.

Limpopo's top performing schools under pressure as parents seek places for children

9 January 2019

Top performing schools in the rural areas of Limpopo are facing increasing demand from parents who want to secure places for their children.

Marumo Mashifane, the principal of Moroke Secondary School in Phokwane, Nebo, had to turn down scores of applications from parents – some from outside the area – who wanted to enrol their children at the school.

The school’s matriculants have consistently achieved high marks and in 2018 the Moroke got a 98.7% pass rate with three candidates obtaining 300/300 marks in physical science.

Gauteng scrambles to place 17 000 learners

8 January 2018

Gauteng is scrambling to place about 17 000 learners in the province, with schools set to open tomorrow.

Although the online applications system is now in its third year, it appears the timeous placement of learners is still a challenge for the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE)

Elijah Mhlanga, spokesperson at the Department of Basic Education, told 702 approximately 17 000 children across Gauteng still need placement, as school gates prepare to reopen.

Education analysis misses the mark

A recent comment piece published in the Mail & Guardian (“Basic education is failing the economy”) expresses alarm at the performance of the schooling system and the implications for the economy. We share the fundamental concern that the school system still needs much improvement in order to contribute to economic growth and transformation, but unfortunately the analysis is weak.

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