Magadi laughs with delight as she tells of how her son, Matheatsie, a seven-year-old learner in Grade 2 at Moipone Primary in the Free State, completed a sum by himself for the first time. “It took me by surprise. We’d been playing maths games together, counting on his fingers, for a long time – and then, all of a sudden; he showed me how he had developed this new skill.”
The Social Profile of Youth, 2009 - 2014 Report released by Statistics South Africa paints a rather bleak picture for black and coloured youth. The report indicates that there has been a decline in bachelor degree completion rates among black African and coloured students since the mid-1990s, with less than four percent graduating from university. Education levels are linked to jobs. It is thus twice as hard for black African and coloured graduates to secure a job over their white peers according to the Report.
Civil society organisations and local church have staged a demonstration in Harare against the introduction ‘National Pledge’ by the government which they dismiss as a bid to brainwash to brainwash school children with ZANU PF propaganda.
At the end of last month, the government, through the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Lazarus Dokora, directed all students to spend the April school holidays mastering the national pledge.
According to media, police and government reports, as of Sunday, 8 May 2016, 24 schools had been burnt and/or vandalised in Vuwani, Limpopo. This was allegedly done in protest of a High Court decision that threw out the community’s bid not to be moved into the new Malamulele municipality. These actions have been strongly condemned by most commentators, including political parties, trade unions, civil society, the State and on social media.
Mining magnate, Patrice Motsepe, has announced his family foundation is activating a pledge to donate R117 5 million over 10 years to promote soccer‚ netball and the arts at schools.
In 2013‚ Motsepe donated half of his family’s wealth to the foundation‚ which has so far funded a range of development projects including the construction of clinics‚ schools and community halls in rural areas as well as bursaries for college and university students.
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.
Parents and teachers of Ndaliso Senior Secondary School in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape have expressed outrage over the increasing cases in which learners are being raped.
In a recent incident, a 33-year-old woman and her husband were arrested for raping a 17-year-old learner. It is alleged that the wife assisted her husband to rape the victim.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that one in 10 female African youngsters still do not attend school during menstruation.
The menstrual problem is widespread and in some countries like Uganda, the figure is estimated to be more than 60 percent.
Uganda's government, meanwhile, has ordered schools to provide girls with what it calls ‘emergency’ sanitary towels as well as spare uniforms, underwear and pain killers. But with no extra money to pay for the items, schools administrators say it is a cost they cannot afford.
The South African education system is often described as being in crisis and a recent claim says 80 percent of schools could be dysfunctional’.
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has rejected the claim, but did not provide any evidence to counter it.
Kate Wilkinson says based on the most recent available data it is true that 80 based of South Africa's schools are dysfunctional.
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation says reports of racial segregation at a private school in Pretoria are a shocking indication of the persistence of racism in post-apartheid South Africa.
Ina press statement, the foundation’s director, Neeshan Balton, points out that, “Schools are meant to be laboratories of nation building, not enclaves of outdated apartheid thinking.”
Balton argues that the justification of needing to enable learners to maintain their cultures is exactly the kind of arguments put forth to justify apartheid, and has no scientific or educational basis.