Schooling

Clinton to Boost South African Charity

Former United States president, Bill Clinton, says he is trying to get more support for a charity he helped found that provides training for impoverished South African schoolchildren in hopes they can carve out a better future for themselves.

Clinton, who expected to meet Mandela, a day before he celebrates his 94th birthday, says the charity wants to fill gaps that state services cannot meet by attracting private funding and volunteers.

NGO to Release Report into ‘Textbook Saga’

SECTION27 says it will release a report detailing the reasons why school textbooks were delivered so late into the year in Limpopo.

SECTION27 had taken the department to court to force it to deliver the books, after some schools in the province had been without books for seven months.

In the same vein, a presidential task team and the Limpopo government were also conducting their own investigations into the situation, which had been accompanied by media reports of textbook dumping and irregular ordering and tender processes.

Sue School and Rugby Coach – Childline

Childline says that legal steps should be taken against the school and the coach in charge of a group of boys who allegedly sexually assaulted 16-year-old boy on a rugby tour.

Childline advocacy and training manager, Joan van Niekerk, argues that the coach, who reportedly turned the victim away when approached for help, should have intervened.

"And these boys have to suffer the consequences; otherwise they will continue to perpetuate this kind of behaviour in public," explains Joan.

SA Comes Bottom of the Class in Literacy

Leading education experts cannot explain how South Africa’s education system is less successful than those of many developing countries, despite well-crafted policies and enviable resources.

Earlier this month, SA’s representatives joined 300 other delegates at a World Literacy Summit in the United Kingdom where they signed the ‘Oxford Declaration’ that seeks a recommitment to education going beyond the United Nations Millennium Development goal of universal access to schooling by 2015.

Mandela's 94 Schools Project Launched

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says over 18 000 schools in the country are in need of refurbishment and additional facilities such as laboratories and sports grounds.

Motshekga was speaking in Johannesburg during the launch of the 94 schools project for former president Nelson Mandela, which aims to revamp 94 schools situated in the poorest communities across the country

The project will allow people to share Mandela's legacy of dedicated service to humanity, reconciliation, freedom and dignity for all.

MEC Hails Efforts to Improve Education

The Western Cape investment in improving the quality of education in poorer areas is beginning to see results, and the ‘life chances’ of pupils in many communities had increased ‘dramatically’ since 2009.

Provincial education MEC, Donald Grant, says that the allocation of the department’s resources to poorer areas and schools had seen the province’s poorest 20 percent of schools improve their overall pass rate from 57 percent in 2010, to 70 percent last year.

Pregnant Girls Urged to Return to Classroom

The Gauteng Department of Education says that girls who fall pregnant at school have to be encouraged to return and finish their education.

Speaking at an education colloquium in Johannesburg, Barbara Creecy, pointed out that children who stay on course are more likely to be employed as adults, less likely to be caught up by crime and are healthier.

The meeting was attended by educationists, academics and a number of civic organisations to discuss ways to stop children from dropping out of school before they finish Matric.

NGOs Evicted From Old School Buildings

The Gauteng Education Department has obtained an eviction order against three NGOs that prevented more than 300 children from Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion, from attending school since the start of the year.

Judge Aubrey Ledwaba granted an interim order in the North Gauteng High Court, evicting NGOs; Wonderbag, Lunginsisa Indlela Village and Youth for Survival, from the old school building of the Bathabile Primary School in Laezonia.

NGO Takes Minister to Court

Equal Education has filed court papers to compel the Department of Basic Education to provide equal infrastructure to all schools.

Equal Education coordinator, Doron Isaacs, describes the court case as the most far-reaching about the right to basic education to have been launched in democratic South Africa.

In the same vein, the organisation’s policy head, Yoliswa Dwane, who has been campaigning for minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure for two years, states that, “Thousands of people across the country have joined our campaign.”

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