Education

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.”

NSFAS Needs to Recover More Money

National Students Financial Aid Scheme Chief Financial Officer Lerato Nage has told the Fees Commission that according to their records about R285-million owed by students to the scheme, still needs to be recovered.

Nage was testifying before the Fees Commission chaired by Judge Jonathan Heher.

Nage says since coming into operation, debt collectors have assisted NSFAS to recover between R15 million to R32 million of the money students owed to the scheme.

No More ‘Maiden Bursaries’

Uthukela municipality will no longer be offering university bursaries to virgins.

It has accepted the recommendations of the Commission for Gender Equality, which investigated the awarding of "maiden bursaries" to 16 girls by the municipality.
The commission's CEO, Keketso Maema, told parliament yesterday that the investigation found that "the issuance of a bursary contingent on female students' virginity is fundamentally discriminatory".

MTN and Telkom to Give Students Free Data

Telecommunications giants MTN and Telkom are giving students access to academic materials online at no cost as #FeesMustFall protests rage on across the country.

MTN chief executive Mteto Nyati said they would allow university students free access to university websites in order to access online content. Telkom said this was part of its ongoing commitment to supporting education.

Telkom Help Students Access Academic Materials

Telkom said that it will be providing free data to students who cannot access academic materials due to the ongoing student protests which have lasted for a month.
In a statement on Wednesday‚ the communications service provider said this is part of its ongoing commitment to supporting education within South Africa.

Many institutions have had to make alternative plans to continue the academic year‚ including making lecture and study material available online while campuses are accessible to students.

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