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.
Nal’ibali, the nationwide reading-for-enjoyment campaign which aims to spark children’s potential through reading and storytelling, is supporting caregivers in kick-starting their children’s 2019 school year by giving away 20 mini-libraries fully stocked with story books in different South African languages.
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.
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 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.
Access to quality Early Childhood Development for children in low income communities is a serious challenge facing South Africa. It has been proven that children who do not receive quality early education are more likely to drop out of school, with the negative effects of that carrying on throughout their lives.
The most effective way to prevent this, and work towards bridging the inequality divide South Africa is experiencing, is to ensure that all children have access to good quality early childhood development education, regardless of where they live.
25 October 2018
Liberian President George Weah has abolished tuition fees for undergraduate students in the West African country’s state universities.
Speaking Wednesday on the campus of the University of Liberia in the name of “the Liberian people and my government”, Weah declared “free tuition for all undergraduate students” at all the public universities.
The prospect of earning the equivalent of five years' salary in one year is luring South African teachers to classrooms in the Gulf.
But apart from the possibility of earning between R50,000 and R78,000 a month, teachers are also being driven from SA by the high crime rate, religious intolerance, race-based policies, burgeoning class sizes and workloads and an ineffective curriculum.
They are ending up, in the main, in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The world’s leading germ-protection soap will deliver hygiene education and hot showers to the water-scarce community of Khayelitsha
For many Capetonians the recent draught was a major wake-up call, teaching them the true value of water as Level 6 water restrictions forced them to use just 25 litres of water per household daily for cooking, bathing and cleaning, but for many South African communities, like Khayelitsha, these restrictive conditions are an everyday reality.