basic education

Motshekga Willing to Engage NGOs

The Department of Basic Education says it is prepared to discuss the problems plaguing her department with non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, who derides the manner in which issues are sometimes raised, states that, “It could be irritating but you cannot deny that they [NGOs] are raising real facts, which we can engage in…”

Eastern Cape Education a Paralysis - Motshekga

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has noted that the national government’s intervention in the Eastern Cape Education Department, since its announcement in March this year, has stalled.

The trigger for the intervention was the dismissal of 4 000 temporary teachers, due to non-functioning school programmes, lack of monitoring and evaluation, among other reasons, which left many pupils without teachers in the province.

No Pre-School in Basic Education

The Mozambican government has admitted that it is still premature to include pre-school education as part of the country's basic education programme, given the country’s financial and institutional constraints.

The country’s education minister, Zeferino Martins, made the announcement in Maputo during a meeting presenting the results of a programme of a NGO, Save the Children, which was aimed at developing pre-school education in the southern province of Gaza.

The Significance of Career Guidance for High School Learners

South Africa is getting obsessed with the improved matric results while no attention is given to career guidance. Lack of career guidance at our schools is evident when year after year the majority of these matriculants flock to universities while further education (FET) training colleges are far from achieving government’s target of enrolling one million learners by 2015.

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