Bongani is an education reporter at the Mail & Guardian.
A teachers' union says independent schools are helping the government shirk its commitments.
The teachers union has encouraged its members to boycott invigilation of the Annual National Assessments in protest against the education department.
Julius Malema cautioned TUT students not to vote for ANC or its affiliates, insisting that black people who are afraid of white people are the enemy.
Local institutes named after the philosopher have laughed off claims of a sinister agenda.
SA's only no-fee university has been closed since December, but a multimillion-rand offer to rescue the institute holds hope for poor students.
A department circular highlighting the Chinese language has frustrated teacher unions.
The NWU vice-chancellor has sought to dispel criticism that his drive to transform the institution is aimed at curtailing Afrikaans.
Government has informed education authorities that Mandarin will be taught in schools from January, amid claims of Chinese "imperialism" by Sadtu.
All hell broke loose at UJ when police and hired bouncers clamped down on a protest by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command.
Blade Nzimande has appointed the outgoing FirstRand chief executive to chair the board of the struggling student bursary scheme for four years.