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Zambian student performs in national poetry contest

A Maine high school student who fled his native Zambia says the experience of participating in a national spoken poetry competition was "heaven" even though he didn't advance.

Deering High School junior Allan Monga had to go to court to become one of 53 participants on Tuesday in the national Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington, DC.

US Representative Chellie Pingree, who championed his cause, said the asylum seeker learned about "persisting through challenges to chase your dreams".

The truth about SA's education system

A South African Twitter account promises to "tell you the truth, no matter how hard it is to accept". But are the education claims @Sowellnomics recently tweeted to its over 10 000 followers the truth?

"South Africa has the 3rd worst education system in the world, 50% of students drop out of the system, while only 30% get the marks requires [sic] to get into Uni," the account claimed. 

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's memorial

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's official memorial service at Orlando Stadium in Soweto was a celebratory event with an electric and jovial crowd.

But there were also tears. African National Congress (ANC) colours dominated the venue with many people who came to celebrate the life of the struggle stalwart dressed from head to toe in green‚ black and yellow.

UCT student wins national award for waterless urinals

With Cape Town facing the possibility of Day Zero - the day the City will turn off most taps - a UCT civil engineering graduate has won a prestigious award for a project on waterless urinals.

Tinashe Chipako won the 2018 South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) National Investigative Project Showdown for South African universities. His project investigated the feasibility of implementing waterless urinals on UCT’s upper campus.

2018 budget speech in a nutshell

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s Budget Speech has seen him make “difficult decisions” to address a revenue shortfall and to fund free higher education.
An increase in value-added tax (VAT), fuel levy and a higher estate duty tax are just some of the things South Africans will be faced with this year.

On the other hand, Minister Gigaba announced some relief for the poor and the working class in the form of below inflation increase in personal income tax, while ensuring an above average increase in social grants.

​Promises Ramaphosa made in his SONA speech

President Cyril Ramaphosa made a number of key promises in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday.

He outlined various initiatives that will kick off during the course of the year.

Opposition parties expressed their scepticism about the promises he made in his speech because they have no assurances of the actions that he will take to deliver on what he has promised.

Columba is creating employable youth in South Africa

Columba Leadership learners achieved a 4% higher pass rate than the average matric pass rate in South Africa, and 28.1% more bachelor and diploma level passes.

In 2016, South Africa’s Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, declared South African schools as being in a state of crisis. Academics around the country have also claimed not to have seen any real improvement in the quality of South African education over the past few years. 

Chaos Erupts at Unisa

Chaos erupted outside of the University of South Africa's Sunnyside campus as students started climbing over the gates to get into the university grounds to register.

Hundreds of students gathered at the campus on Monday morning. The university kept the gates closed, only allowing entry to 20 students at a time in order to prevent a stampede.

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Afrikaans School Accuses Dept of Unlawful Placements of Pupils

An Afrikaans high school in Vereeniging has accused that the Gauteng Education Department of unlawfully admitting 55 English-speaking pupils to the school, adding that there is adequate capacity at English schools in the feeder area.

Hoërskool Overvaal has challenged the department’s decision, saying that they don’t have capacity to accommodate the learners.

The matter is being heard in the High Court in Pretoria. The 2018 school academic programme starts next Wednesday.

South Africa’s Matric Pass Rate: 2007 – 2017

The Department of Education has announced the matric pass rate for 2017: 75.1% – 2.6 % points higher than in 2016.

629,155 full-time grade 12’s sat in for the 2017 NSC examinations, while an additional 173,276 part-time learners also wrote. Of these candidates, 534,484 full-time candidates, and 117,223 part-time candidates wrote the exams.

This discrepancy is because of the number of progressed learners (learners which have failed Grade 11 twice) which will write their remaining exams later this year. If these students are excluded, the pass rate rises to 76.5%.

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