According to a newspaper report, some schools in Limpopo still have not received their textbooks for the 2014 school year.
Sipho Mothobuka, principal of Moloketla Primary, complains that the education department makes announcements on the radio to say that the books are delivered, but that is not so and it is a problem.
Daniel Ramatladi, mathematics teacher, states that teachers sometimes forced to write out the whole textbook on the blackboard.
To read the article titled, “Some Limpopo textbooks not yet delivered,” click here.Source:News 24
Former President Nelson Mandela's granddaughter Ndileka, is continuing with Madiba's legacy to enhance education in rural areas.
Ndileka has launched a new foundation in honour of her father and Madiba's eldest son Thembekile, who died in a car accident in 1969.
The Thembekile Mandela Foundation will focus on education, health and youth development in rural areas and its first project will be to refurbish the hostels Clarke Berry School in the Eastern Cape.
To read the article titled, “Ndileka Mandela launches new foundation,” click here.Source:SABC News
The Film and Publication Board, along with Google, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other organisations, announced a partnership designed to create awareness of cyber safety and fight online child pornography.
The national programme, which will begin this month, will promote the safer and more responsible use of the internet and online technologies.
The programme kicked off at Jules High School in Johannesburg, a school which made headlines in 2010 because of a sex-video scandal involving three pupils.
To read the article titled, “Strike at heart of porn,” click here.Source:Times Live
The United Nations (UN) states that most sub-Saharan African countries will not meet the Millennium Development Goal of ensuring that all children receive a primary school education by 2015, partly because of a shift in donor focus towards security and governance.
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Pauline Rose, points out that South and West Asia have the fastest rise in numbers in primary schools, contributing more than half the rise in primary school pupils.
Rose highlighted the disproportionate cut in aid to education as a key reason for the lack of progress in reaching the goals.
To read the article titled, “Donors cut aid to basic education, focus on future trade – UNESCO,” click here.Source:All Africa
At least 250 million of the world's 650 million primary school age children are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics.
According to a report commissioned by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), 130 million children are in primary school but have not achieved the minimum benchmarks for learning, and almost 120 million have spent little or no time in a classroom including 57 million youngsters who are not attending school.
The independent research team that wrote the report for UNESCO, calculated that the cost of 250 million children around the world not learning translates to a loss for governments of around US$129 billion annually.
To read the article titled, “250 million school age kids can't read: UN education agency,” click here.Source:Times Live
The Cape Town-based South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP) has been awarded a prestigious ‘impact award’ by international foundation, the STARS Foundation.
SAEP, which works to improve access to, and quality of education for, children and youth living in some of South Africa’s poorest townships, received the 2013 Stars Runner Up Award for Education in Africa-Middle East.
In 2013, more than 1 300 local organisations from 60 countries applied to the Impact Awards, run by Stars Foundation and underpinned by a rigorous selection process developed with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
To read the article titled, “Cape Town-based education NGO scoops International 'Impact Award',” click here.Source:All Africa
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will investigate sanitation in schools across Limpopo after a Grade R pupil fell into a pit toilet and died.
SAHRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, points out that the commission is aware of many other schools in the province that still used pit toilets.
Mangena, describes the boy's death as a shock and a disappointment, adding that, "We call on the department of basic education to move with necessary speed to ensure that all pit toilets in schools are eradicated."
To read the article titled, “SAHRC to probe Limpopo schools' sanitation,” click here.Source:Sowetan Live
Advocacy group, SECTION27, says while the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has made strides in addressing the sanitation challenge at schools, there still remains a backlog at rural schools.
SECTION27’s Mark Heywood says the organisation is working with the department to get proper toilets at schools, adding that, “We have managed to work with the department to get some schools to get new toilets and we are glad about that, but as you know there are thousands of schools in Limpopo and hundreds more who have toilets that are either dangerous from a hygiene point of view or from a safety point of view.”
This comes after a six-year-old Grade R learner died after falling into a pit toilet at Chebeng outside Polokwane in Limpopo.
To read the article titled, “Rural schools still have sanitation challenge: SECTION27,” click here.Source:SABC News
Civil society lobby group SECTION27 is impressed with the state of text book deliveries in Limpopo for the 2014 academic year.
In a press statement, SECTION27 spokesperson, Nikki Stein, points out that, "We commend the department of basic education and the Limpopo department of education on their improvement in textbook delivery for the 2014 academic year."
Stein says the organisation used a sample of 80 schools in the area, and that all schools have confirmed delivery of textbooks.
To read the article titled, “Limpopo textbook delivery on track - NGO,” click here.Source:News 24
Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has announced that the national pass rate for the 2013 National Senior Certificate has increased from 4.3 percent to 78.2 percent – the highest figure since 1994.
Motshekga celebrates matriculants for their hard work and sleepless nights.
"I congratulate the class of 2013 for being the best class since the advent of democracy, and encourage every learner to go further than their predecessors and strive to excel in higher education, the workplace and in your general contributions as South African citizens”, states Motshekga.
To read the article titled, “Highest Pass Rate in 20 Years,” click here.Source:All Africa