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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.

WHEAT Trust: Fundraiser

WHEAT Trust is a women’s fund that supports grassroots women-led organisations to seek local solutions to local problems. WHEAT Trust invests in education, training and capacity building to foster women’s leadership and to empower women to uplift themselves and their communities.

WHEAT Trust to appoint a part-time Fundraiser, based at its office in Wynberg, Cape Town.

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MaAfrika Tikkun: Nurse Coordinator

MaAfrika Tikkun is an international NGO that provides education, health and social services to children, youth and their families through centres of excellence in South African Townships. Its aim is to empower communities to develop new generations of productive citizens.

Afrika Tikkun seeks to appoint an enrolled nurse as Nurse Coordinator for the Western Cape Region Health Programme, based at the Mfuleni office, Cape Town.

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Soul City Institute: Monitoring and Evaluation Officers

Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication (Soul City Institute) is a dynamic and innovative multi-media health promotion and social change communication organisation, which has been in existence since 1992. Through drama and entertainment Soul City Institute’s mass media vehicles reach more than 16 million South Africans. This is achieved through two main brands, Soul City targeted at adults and Soul Buddyz targeted at 8-14 year olds and adults in their lives.
 
Soul City seeks to appoint two Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officers, based in Gauteng.

Swazi Govt Delays Opening Schools

Swaziland’s minister of education and training, Phineas Magagula, announces that the opening of all public and private schools would be delayed by a week.

In a statement sent to media houses, Magagula states that the postponement was due to 'ongoing national duties', a vague reference to the Incwala ceremony, considered by traditionalists to be the Swazi national prayer (also a reference to the annual weeding of the King's fields)

Thanda: Financial and Administration Manager

Thanda is an NPO on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal that empowers rural communities to create change. Thanda offers educational and feeding support through after-school programmes in the local schools and provides agricultural training while also developing markets for local organic produce. Thanda built the first library in the municipality and has a centre that is 100% green. In 2013 Thanda was awarded the Mail & Guardian Investing in Life Award as well as the Southern Africa Trust Drivers of Change Award.

Motsoeneng: Brains Better than Qualifications

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng says getting a ‘piece of paper’ when you complete matric is not enough.

Motsoeneng states that, "You have two kinds of people in this world. You have certificated people and educated people. You can have many degrees but also in that you need a brain."

Clarifying what he meant in a speech he delivered at the announcement of the matric results, Motsoeneng adds that he was trying to explain that a qualification was not enough.

SAAYC: National Programmes Manager

The Southern African Association of Youth Clubs (SAAYC) is a nonprofit, membership organisation that works in youth development.

SAAYC seeks to appoint a National Programmes Manager, based in Johannesburg.

The person will report to the Executive Director and will give suppor to the SAAYC Provincial Coordination and National Activities.

Salary: Negotiable
 
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Private Sector Blamed for Inequalities Among Pupils

According to a report released by several international civil society organisations (CSOs), the private sector involvement in education in Africa creates inequalities among pupils.
 
In a joint statement, the organisations state that, “Privatisation policies increase inequality in access, do not guarantee quality and undermine the notion of education as a public good,” furthermore, “Increased private sector participation in education is a strong driver of segregation and inequalities of opportunities.”
 

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