Wits Student Leaders Meets with Management

Fifteen student leaders are expected to meet to negotiate free education with Wits University management in Solomon House on Thursday morning.

There are strict controls in place at entrances by security and everyone who enters must prove they are a student by presenting their student cards.

There is a heavy police presence with police sniffer dogs and dozens of officers making their rounds on campus.

Wits' Senate says the academic calendar will be extended by two weeks.

Blade Talks to Matrics about Burning Property

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande on Tuesday urged a group of matric students to speak out against the burning of university property.

"I hope you will be a generation that will value our educational property. You must say, as young people,- 'don't destroy our property because we may need it'," he said.

He was speaking at the release of a book which chronicles the history of his alma mater, Georgetown Secondary School in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, where he was a pupil in the 1970s.

The Political Economy of Adult Education and Development

The purpose of his book is to provide a theory of applied political economy to explain the interface between society and adult education in developing countries. The author's own approach is broadly influenced by the Marxist tradition, but one that seeks to transcend many of the limitations and rigidities often prevalent in the past. He introduces adult educators to the main competing theories of development -- the modernisation, dependency, neo-liberal and various alternative approaches.

Adult Education at the Crossroads

This is a pithy assessment of where adult education now stands - the traditions out of which it came, its current problems, and possible futures. The authors are particularly concerned with how its longstanding commitment to deliver social change ran into difficulties in the less favourable circumstances of the 1980s and 1990s. They argue that its purposes now need to be reconceptualised in order for it to become, once again, a relevant and effective agent of change.

Students Becoming New Democratic Citizen

According to Joleen Steyn Kotze, if one tracks South African student activities in 2015, it becomes apparent that a new politics is bubbling below the surface of academic life.

Kotze states that this first emerged with the #RhodesMustFall and #OpenStellenbosch protests, followed more recently by #FeesMustFall, adding that, “The underlying issues driving this movement are about citizenship, belonging, inclusion and exclusion.”

Schooling Muslims in Natal: Identity, State and the Orient Islamic Educational Institute

The history of Muslim education in the east coast region of South Africa is the story of ongoing struggles by an immigrant religious minority under successive, exclusionary forms of state. ‘Schooling Muslims in Natal’ traces the labours and fortunes of a set of progressive idealists who, mobilising merchant capital, transoceanic networks and informal political influence, established the Orient Islamic Educational Institute in 1943 to found schools and promote a curriculum inclusive of secular subjects and Islamic teaching.

Menstrual Hygiene: Comfort, Dignity and a Health Issue Concern

The United Nations General Assembly has just adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. These go beyond demanding equal rights to education for girls and boys. They also demand equal participation and completion rates.

I was particular struck by a discussion on a television programme, Sunday Live on 16 August 2015. In the programme there was a representative from the Ministry of Education whose stance is that as a department they cannot deny or confirm these reports largely due to the fact that they have not carried out any research on the subject.

Rioting Leads UKZN to Close for Two Days

Students at the University of Kwazulu-Natal’s Westville campus have stoned cars and set fire to buildings on campus‚ prompting the institution to announce it was halting lectures.
The protests‚ are believed to be related to student fees.
The university states that its security staff and police were on the scene to bring the situation under control.

SA Deals with Fake Qualifications

Phumla Williams, acting cabinet spokesperson, states that, South Africans are not lying about their qualifications in greater numbers, but rather‚ the private and public sectors should be commended for dealing with fake qualifications.
In a statement, Williams assets that, the increase in the number of companies and government departments ensuring the verification of academic and professional qualifications of prospective employees‚ as reported by quality assurance body Umalusi‚ was an indication that South Africa is moving towards clean governance.

Mbeki Call on Africa to Invest in Varsities

Former President, Thabo Mbeki, says universities need more investment to significantly improve their capacity to deliver the skilled people necessary for the development of African countries.
Mbeki called on universities to convince the so-called political class in Africa that tertiary education institutions are central to the African development agenda.


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