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Minister Highlights Rights of Disabled to Education

The Department of Basic Education says there are 124 535 pupils with disabilities in ordinary schools and 111 619 being educated in special schools which cater to their needs.

Minister Angie Motshekga says that, “Our government has adopted progressive policies and has taken far-reaching steps to protect the fundamental rights of children, including children living with disabilities.”

Zim Has Highest Literacy Rate in Africa – UNDP

Zimbabwe has overtaken Tunisia as the country with the highest literacy rate in Africa despite the numerous problems that continue to dog the country's once enviable education sector.

According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) latest statistical digest, Zimbabwe has a 92 percent literacy rate up from 85 percent.

Tunisia remains at 87 percent. Post independence Zimbabwe's education was heavily subsidised by government resulting in vast improvements from the colonial system.

South African Education is Doomed until Teachers are Taught

The Minister of Basic Education’s statement on the review of the national curriculum (6 July 2010) highlights the fact that no curriculum can be static. The curriculum should meet the present and potential needs of the country and it has been widely acknowledged there are some glaring gaps in the curriculum which needed to be addressed in order for learners to progress from the General Education and Training (GET) to the Further Education and Training (FET) phase smoothly.

New Curriculum to Replace OBE

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, will announce a new education curriculum that will replace the widely criticised Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) system.

The new curriculum, to be known as ‘Schooling 2025’, comes after years of criticism by teachers and education experts, who blamed the poor quality of education on the OBE, which was introduced by the then minister, Kader Asmal in 1998. .
Motshekga’s advisor and spokesperson, Panyaza Lesufi, confirmed that a decision on OBE will be made, but refused to expand on what will replace it.

Children Learn Under the Trees

Pupils from Nelson Ramodike High School still learn under trees despite the government’s promise to six years ago to eradicate tree, mud and shack classrooms in the Limpopo Province.

The school has a total enrolment of 765 pupils, but during rainy days, almost half of them do not report for school.

Situated in thick bushes at the foot of a mountain outside Lenyenye in Tzaneen, the school has only 15 classrooms, making teaching and learning impossible due to extreme overcrowding.

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