2019 Election campaign targets youth

Attracting young South Africans to register to vote in this year’s national and provincial elections is among the Independent Electoral Commission’s top priorities as it seeks to deliver a credible election. 

This much is apparent in the IEC’s election campaign launched in Midrand on Thursday. Colloquially phrased “X’se, your x is your say”, the campaign seeks to attract mostly youth but it has an appeal across all generations, the IEC said. 

Limpopo's top performing schools under pressure as parents seek places for children

9 January 2019

Top performing schools in the rural areas of Limpopo are facing increasing demand from parents who want to secure places for their children.

Marumo Mashifane, the principal of Moroke Secondary School in Phokwane, Nebo, had to turn down scores of applications from parents – some from outside the area – who wanted to enrol their children at the school.

The school’s matriculants have consistently achieved high marks and in 2018 the Moroke got a 98.7% pass rate with three candidates obtaining 300/300 marks in physical science.

Gauteng scrambles to place 17 000 learners

8 January 2018

Gauteng is scrambling to place about 17 000 learners in the province, with schools set to open tomorrow.

Although the online applications system is now in its third year, it appears the timeous placement of learners is still a challenge for the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE)

Elijah Mhlanga, spokesperson at the Department of Basic Education, told 702 approximately 17 000 children across Gauteng still need placement, as school gates prepare to reopen.

NSFAS receives 400 000 new funding applications

4 December 2018

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has received more than 400 000 new funding applications for its 2019 cycle, Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor said on Tuesday.

“The final decision will of course be made once we know that you have passed your National Senior Certificate, that you are admitted to an approved programme, and that you are registered,” Pandor said at a briefing in Cape Town.

NSFAS will finalise the approved students by the end of January, who will get a split of its R32-billion budget.

Young SA researchers head to France

30 November 2018  

Two grade 11 learners from Carnarvon High School in the Northern Cape will represent SA at the International Student-Teacher Conference in Nice, France.

Amy-Lee Visagie and Chrislin de Koker were selected after winning the National Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) competition for their research on astronomy tourism.

Their research, which looked at how the Southern African Large Telescope and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope contribute to local communities, was completed with the help of the National Research.

Equal access to top quality pre-schools in townships can help to bridge equality divide

Access to quality Early Childhood Development for children in low income communities is a serious challenge facing South Africa. It has been proven that children who do not receive quality early education are more likely to drop out of school, with the negative effects of that carrying on throughout their lives.

The most effective way to prevent this, and work towards bridging the inequality divide South Africa is experiencing, is to ensure that all children have access to good quality early childhood development education, regardless of where they live.

Liberia's Weah announces free tuition for undergrads

25 October 2018

Liberian President George Weah has abolished tuition fees for undergraduate students in the West African country’s state universities.

Speaking Wednesday on the campus of the University of Liberia in the name of “the Liberian people and my government”, Weah declared “free tuition for all undergraduate students” at all the public universities.

UN agencies urge end to 'virginity tests'

UN agencies are calling for an end to the practice in some countries of determining whether a girl or woman is a virgin through gynecological tests.

The World Health Organisation, UN Women and the UN Human Rights office say the "medically unnecessary" tests have been documented in at least 20 countries across the world.

The agencies said on Wednesday the tests, mostly performed by doctors, police officers, or community leaders, are used to determine marriage eligibility or employment eligibility, and to assess the "virtue, honour or social value" of women and girls.


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