Education

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.

NSFAS receives 400 000 new funding applications

4 December 2018

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has received more than 400 000 new funding applications for its 2019 cycle, Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor said on Tuesday.

“The final decision will of course be made once we know that you have passed your National Senior Certificate, that you are admitted to an approved programme, and that you are registered,” Pandor said at a briefing in Cape Town.

NSFAS will finalise the approved students by the end of January, who will get a split of its R32-billion budget.

Middlemen-at-the-heart-of-poor-school-infrastructure-delivery-ee

31 October 2018

Public money meant for building schools is being siphoned off to third-party consultants and agents while Eastern Cape teachers and pupils “languish in crisis conditions”.

This is according to a newly released Equal Education report which scrutinises the role of middlemen in the slow delivery of school infrastructure in the province.

President celebrates Foundation’s impact on nearly 1 million learners

President Cyril Ramaphosa, chairperson and co-founder of the Adopt-a-School Foundation, addressed 1 040 guests at the Foundation’s 12th annual ‘Back to School’ party on Saturday 20 October 2018, at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre, in Johannesburg.
 
The party, one of the biggest events on South Africa’s Corporate Social Investment calendar, brings guests from across the country together to share and celebrate Adopt-a-School Foundation’s triumphs and to raise funds towards various Foundation school development projects.

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