Education

Rethinking the Culture of Learning and Teaching in SA’s Schools

South Africa (SA) is faced with multiple social challenges, which include economic inequality and unemployment. It is generally accepted that access to quality education at school level is likely to address the many social challenges, including the ones mentioned above. SA’s education system currently finds itself at the bottom of the list when ranked with other countries, mathematics and science competency is even worse.

Private or public school makes no difference if parents aren’t involved

The real division in South African education is not between public and independent schools‚ but between good schools and bad ones - and how actively involved the children’s parents are. These are the key points in an Institute of Race Relations (IRR) report titled “Achievement and Enterprise in School Education” ‚ written by policy fellow John Kane-Berman.

No food and book funds for more than five months

The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training has called on all stakeholders in the higher education sector to work collectively to ensure that the funding disbursement systems for student funding are improved and developed.

“We are concerned about the challenges that had been raised over a period of time with stakeholders resulting from the central applications process and the piloting of the student-centred model‚” said Connie September‚ the chairperson of the committee.

10 Ways to Raise Awareness for Child Protection Month

The month of May is child protection month in South Africa and this year child protection week is celebrated from 28 May to 4 June 2018. Valcare members, KIN Culture and KiBWE have also successfully registered the very first World Foster Day that will be celebrated on 31 May 2018.

Here are 10 ways of  how your organisation, church or business can celebrate the value of children and create awareness for child protection during May:

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.

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