Education

​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%.

Higher Education Minister's Appeal for University Exams

Higher Education Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize has appealed for restraint from all sides to allow for exams to proceed as tensions rise at university campuses over free tuition.

University of Cape Town (UCT) students disrupted exams this week, protesting against a fee increase for 2018 and demanding the release of the report by the Heher commission of inquiry into higher education and training (the Fees Commission) that looked into the feasibility of free tertiary education.

EE and EELC Support Process of Closing and Merging Schools in Eastern Cape – On Condition that it is Lawful and Democratic

Equal Education (EE) and the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) support the Eastern Cape school rationalisation process, but it must be conducted lawfully, democratically, and in accordance with the requirements and deadlines stipulated by the Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure. Learners’ rights to education must be protected!

World Teachers Day

World Teachers Day, instead of celebrating, the country’s teachers are lamenting the stress they work under and the challenges they face.

Jaftha Jonkers has been a teacher for 30 years. He said he has seen a lot of changes in the profession.

“I still enjoy teaching, but it’s not what it used to be. The main challenge is that the kids we are dealing with are a different type of child. We thought technology would make it easier, but it hasn't really.”

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