Education

Police and Security on Wits Campuses

Police and a full security contingent will be on all Wits University campuses on Tuesday as lectures resume.

“It is not ideal to attend classes with police at the doors of learning, but I am left with no choice,” vice chancellor Adam Habib said in a statement on Monday.

The full security presence was due to the harassment of some staff on Monday. He apologised to staff members who were intimidated, threatened, and forced to leave their offices earlier in the day.

Eastern Province Ready to Deliver Credible Examinations

With just 20 days to go before the start of the matric exams, the Eastern Cape Department of Education is ready to deliver credible examinations in the province and is hoping to improve on last year’s pass rate.

Provincial education spokesman Malibongwe Mtima said the department was confident it would see an improvement in its pass rate, which dropped to a dismal 56.8% last year.

​NGOs, CSOs, Praises for Improving Education

Ilala Municipal Council in Dar es Salaam has praised the involvement of civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations in improving the education of children in the district's poverty-stricken households.

Ilala Municipal Council education officer, Lukia Gwandu, says that a number of schools in Ilala District still lack educational infrastructure.

Gwandu explains that these organisations have been working hard to complement government efforts in improving reading, writing and basic arithmetic skills for children.

Child Road Safety Programme Launched

The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), in partnership with PUMA Energy Foundation and Amend, a road safety non-governmental organisation, has launched a child road safety programme at the St. Joseph Anglican School in Accra.

The programme is part of Amend and PUMA Energy Foundation's 10- country campaign to educate and protect more than 115,000 school children across the continent from road traffic injury.

Why Your Child’s Education is as Much Your Responsibility as It is the Teacher’s

Magadi laughs with delight as she tells of how her son, Matheatsie, a seven-year-old learner in Grade 2 at Moipone Primary in the Free State, completed a sum by himself for the first time. “It took me by surprise. We’d been playing maths games together, counting on his fingers, for a long time – and then, all of a sudden; he showed me how he had developed this new skill.”

‘Pockets of Disasters’ and Essential Resources for Schools

The Social Profile of Youth, 2009 - 2014 Report[2] released by Statistics South Africa paints a rather bleak picture for black and coloured youth. The report indicates that there has been a decline in bachelor degree completion rates among black African and coloured students since the mid-1990s, with less than four percent graduating from university.  Education levels are linked to jobs. It is thus twice as hard for black African and coloured graduates to secure a job over their white peers according to the Report.

​CSOs, Local Church March Against ‘National Pledge’

Civil society organisations and local church have staged a demonstration in Harare against the introduction ‘National Pledge’ by the government which they dismiss as a bid to brainwash to brainwash school children with ZANU PF propaganda.
 
At the end of last month, the government, through the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Lazarus Dokora, directed all students to spend the April school holidays mastering the national pledge.
 

The Right to Basic Education and Vuwani

According to media, police and government reports, as of Sunday, 8 May 2016, 24 schools had been burnt and/or vandalised in Vuwani, Limpopo. This was allegedly done in protest of a High Court decision that threw out the community’s bid not to be moved into the new Malamulele municipality. These actions have been strongly condemned by most commentators, including political parties, trade unions, civil society, the State and on social media.

Foundation Activates 10-Year School Sponsorships

Mining magnate, Patrice Motsepe, has announced his family foundation is activating a pledge to donate R117 5 million over 10 years to promote soccer‚ netball and the arts at schools.

In 2013‚ Motsepe donated half of his family’s wealth to the foundation‚ which has so far funded a range of development projects including the construction of clinics‚ schools and community halls in rural areas as well as bursaries for college and university students.

SA Schools 'Hotspots' for Corruption – CW

Since July 2015, Corruption Watch has received at least 1 000 reports of corruption across schools, making them the main graft hotspots in the country.
According to the organisation’s annual report released this week, “The corruption hotspots in 2015 are schools, which make up 16 percent of overall reports during the year, followed by traffic and licensing at 12 percent, immigration at six percent and housing and healthcare at five and three percent respectively.”

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