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  • NSFAS Gunning for Loan Defaulters

    The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is seeking to recover an estimated R8 billion from people who are defaulting on their student loans.

    This money could assist almost double the number of students benefiting from the scheme. NSFAS expects to fund about 415 000 students during 2015.

    The scheme has conceded that it will not be able to fund all students who have applied for funding. NSFAS says it is only aware of 800 students who will not get funding although their applications have been approved.

    To read the article titled, “NSFAS gunning for loan defaulters,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Seven Tembisa Schools Go Digital

    Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will participate in the launch of the Gauteng paperless education system at seven schools in Tembisa on Gauteng's East Rand on Wednesday, 14 January 2015.

    Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Ronnie Mamoepa, says the deputy president will be joined by among others the minister for basic education, Angie Motshekga, and the Gauteng Premier, David Makhura.

    The launch of the pilot project, ‘the Big Switch On’, takes place within the backdrop of the opening of inland schools for the 2015 academic year.

    To read the article titled, “Tembisa township sees seven schools go digital,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Sign Language to be Added to Curriculum

    South African Sign Language will be introduced as a subject to pupils in Grades R to 3, and Grade 9 from 2015.
     
    The Department of Basic Education recently announced that teacher training had already started and the plan was to have the curriculum introduced across grades by 2018.
     
    The plan follows on the success of a three-year pilot programme launched in the Western Cape in 2011.
     
    To read the article titled, “SA Sign Language added to curriculum,” click here.

    Source: 
    IOL News
  • NGO: ARVs Affect Pupils' Academic Performance

    Yabonga, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) assisting HIV-positive children, says while antiretrovirals (ARV) are prolonging lives, the side-effects may slow down some patients’ academic development.
     
    Yabonga counsels about 1 000 Cape Town children, some as young as five, who have HIV/AIDS, the organisation also runs various programmes including educational workshops and trauma counselling for HIV-positive kids.
     
    The NGO’s centre manager, Emily Rudolph, states that they have noticed that some children develop challenges in class - young patients become sluggish, and as a result repeat grades.
     
    To read the article titled, “NGO: ARVs affecting pupils' academic performance,” click here.

    Source: 
    Eye Witness News
  • Police Intimidation Continues in Swaziland

    Swaziland Police have harassed another progressive, Sifiso Mabuza, deputy secretary of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers.

    About 30 armed police raided his home claiming they were looking for explosives, where they found none. Mabuza told local media the police questioned him about his union activities and threatened him.

    Swaziland has a history of attacking workers' rights. It has banned the workers' federation, the Trades Union Congress of Swaziland, broken up its meeting and harassed and arrested its leaders.

    To read the article titled, “Police intimidation continues,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • NGOs Hailed for Refurbishing Classrooms

    Tanzania’s Kagera Regional Commissioner, Fabian Massawe, has hailed Pestalozzi Children's Foundation (PCF) of Switzerland and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) for the timely intervention in constructing and renovating several classrooms in Bukoba District.

    Massawe points out that, "The government appreciates Public Private Partnership (PPP). The assistance is timely. We thank the two NGOs [non-governmental organisations] and the people of Switzerland for their good spirit. Other NGOs should emulate the example."

    VSO programme manager, Christopher Munubi, says five classrooms and two teachers' houses were renovated at Nyakato Primary School including toilets and a water tank with capacity of 2 000 litres.

    To read the article titled, “Kagera RC hails NGOs for refurbishing classrooms,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Feeding Scheme Benefits Cape Flats Learners

    More than 500 learners from the Surrey Primary School in Manenberg on the Cape Flats are benefitting from a feeding scheme run by the Department of Basic Education together with Foodbank South Africa and a breakfast cereal company.

    On World Food Day, 16 October, it is estimated that one in five children in South Africa go to school on an empty stomach.

    Principal of Surrey Primary School, Imtiaz Adams, says that, “Our numbers are growing, but presently we're feeding between 500 and 550 children every morning out of a possible 880 children. So that's 60 to 70 percent of our school rely on this breakfast.”

    To read the article titled, “Cape Flats learners benefit from feeding scheme,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • School Closed With No Plan - SECTION27

    Legal advocacy group, SECTION27, says that a Northern Cape school that closed over asbestos pollution concerns did so without a plan for the pupils’ continued education.

    According to SECTION27’s Sasha Stevenson, the Khiba Junior Secondary School, serving 220 pupils from mostly poor backgrounds in Ga-Mopedi village in the JT Gaetsewe district, closed on Monday, 13 October 2015.

    Stevenson argues that, “The closure has happened without any consultation with the school governing body (SGB) or the community. Most of the learners have now been sent home.”

    To read the article titled, “School closed with no plan – SECTION27,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • Teachers Demand More Education Funds

    Teachers in Zambia have urged the government to increase the budgetary allocation to the education sector if Zambia is to achieve the Vision 2030 development agenda.
     
    Zambia National Union of Teachers deputy general secretary, David Banda, says the education sector continues to face numerous challenges in its efforts to deliver quality education.
     
    Speaking during the commemoration of the World Teachers Day, Banda asserted that inadequate finances towards the Ministry of Education continue to be a major challenge which has led to poor infrastructure in most schools.
     
    To read the article titled, “Teachers want more education funds,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times of Zambia
  • Blame Bad Teachers for Bad Schools - Motshekga

    Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says the blame for schools that perform badly should be laid at the door of teachers.
     
    Motshekga points out that, “Whenever I go to schools that perform well and ask principals what it is that they do to make their schools work, time and again they tell me the same thing: they have a group of dedicated, committed and caring teachers.”
     
    She is of the view that, “Where things don’t work, teachers are not doing their jobs right. They don’t complete the curriculum, they jump topics, they are not in class and they often don’t understand the content of what they teach.”
     
    To read the article titled, “Blame bad teachers for bad schools - Angie Motshekga,” click here.

    Source: 
    City Press
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