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Transitioning from Secondary School to Tertiary Education: What Social Investors Should Know

According to Alan Cliff, an associate professor at the University of Cape Town, the sad reality of higher education in South Africa is that only about one third of the students who qualify to gain entry into higher education are actually prepared for the academic literacy demands of a university.

NGO Urged to Keep Girls in School

A primary school head teacher at Chambuluka in Chikwawa district, Malawi, has asked for non-governmental organisations to go to his school and implement activities that will help keep girls in school.

The head teacher, Baton Sande, made the remarks when Nice Trust Chikwawa office organised an interface meeting with the communities.

He said there have been 10 dropouts of girls in the first term as well as the second term which is not yet finished posing a threat that there might be more of dropouts if no tangible measures are put in place.

NGO Donates 65 Desks to a School

Bukoba Region based non-governmental organisation, Jambo Bukoba, has donated 65 desks worth 4.2m/- to Nyamiaga Primary School, in Ngara District.

The Jambo Bukoba Manager, Stephen Gonzaga, says the donation was in effort to mitigate the shortage of desks facing the region.

The Kagera Regional Commissioner, John Mongela, commended Jambo Bukoba for the timely intervention by constructing and renovating several classrooms including Kasambya Primary

Class of 2015: BNSDP Proves Rural Schools Can be Among the Best

Kagiso Trust joins the Free State Department of Education in congratulating the province’s Class of 2015, specifically the Thabo Mofutsanyana district. The Free State province achieved an 81.6 percent pass rate and the Thabo Mofutsanyana district achieved a pass rate of 87.5 percent, making it the best performing district in the Free State. Kagiso Trust, in partnership with the Free State Department of Education, has been implementing the Beyers Naudé Schools Development Programme (BNSDP) in 166 Thabo Mofutsanyana schools since 2007.

CBS’s CSI Prioritises Education and Health

The Central Bank of Swaziland (CBS) has once again extended a helping to the country’s most needy by donating money to eight organisations.
 
The presentation of an amount of E165 000 was made by CBS Governor, Majozi Sithole, who in his remarks emphasised that their corporate social investment programme mainly focused on community and health care programmes as well as education.
 

Cronje Slammed Over ‘Bush College’ Comments

Is the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) ‘an agent of the Broederbond…a gatekeeper for white supremacist ideology?’

This was one of the questions and comments directed towards the liberal think-tank’s chief executive officer, Frans Cronje, after he tweeted: “UCT’s [University of Cape Town] reputation will take a step downwards after events of tonight. Can it recover or is it doomed to become Cape Town’s ‘bush college’?

SRC Raises Funds for Needy Students

An ambitious plan of the University of the Witwatersrand Student Representative Council (SRC) to raise R1 million for fellow students' tuition became reality.

This was after an individual donor gave R553 000 to help students from poor families who cannot get funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

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.

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.

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.
 

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