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SAHRC Investigates Deaths of Deaf Children

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has launched an investigation into the living conditions of pupils at the Northwest School for the Deaf following the tragic death of three pupils.

The commission says it has learned with shock of the deaths of the three girls in a fire in their hostel at the school in Leeudoringstad near the Vaal River in the early hours of Monday, 24 August 2015.

In a press statement, SAHRC suspects that the fire warning systems at the school may have been dysfunctional.

Adopt-a-School Foundation: Programme Manager

The Adopt-A-School Foundation is a registered section 21 company based in Johannesburg. The principal aim of the Foundation is to encourage and mobilise individuals and companies to adopt schools. The main focus of the project is to support the creation and enhancement of a conducive learning and teaching environment.
 
The Adopt-a-School Foundation seeks to appoint a Programme Manager (Educationist), based in Johannesburg.

NGOs: Learner Transport Claims a Lie

Civil society organisations have dismissed a claim by the departments of; - basic education and transport that 71 percent of pupils get state sponsored transport to school.
 
President of the National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), Basil Manuel, has described government’s claim as a ‘lie’ and a ‘complete fabrication’, adding that he would like to see how they came to that figure.
 

Adopt-a-School Foundation: Junior Bookkeeper

The Adopt-A-School Foundation is a registered section 21 company based in Johannesburg. The principal aim of the Foundation is to encourage and mobilise individuals and companies to adopt schools. The main focus of the project is to support the creation and enhancement of a conducive learning and teaching environment.
 
The Adopt-A-School Foundation’s strategic objectives are as follows:

SchoolGirl Dropout Rate A Concern - NGO

Chatsworth Child Welfare has expressed concern over the increasing number of girls who drop out of school to assist their parents with money.
 
Chatsworth Child Welfare chairperson, Logan Naidu, argues that girls are forced to seek casual work to support their families and in some cases - drug addictions or prostitution.
 
The organisation states that its main mission, together with the Department of Basic Education is to embark on programmes aimed at educating children.

Corporal Punishment on the Rise in SA

According to the Statistics South Africa’s latest General Household Survey, corporal punishment of school pupils is on the rise in the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.

The 2012 report, finds that nationally, 15.8 percent of pupils experienced corporal punishment at school during that year.

The survey also points out that the practice was most common in the Eastern Cape (30.3 percent), KwaZulu-Natal (21.4 percent), and Free State (18.4 percent).

Gauteng Public Schools Get Free Wi-Fi

Gauteng's finance MEC Mandla Nkomfe has announced that 2 200 provincial public schools will each receive free tablets, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.

Nkomfe says that Huawei Technologies will provide all the tablets and each school will receive 44 devices, adding that the tablets will remain the property of the Gauteng Provincial Government.

Cloudseed, who won the bid to provide connectivity for the network, will provide the core network which will comprise of Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity to all 2 200 provincial public schools

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