David Macfarlane is currently the Mail & Guardian's education editor. He obtained an honours degree in English literature, a fairly unpopular choice among those who'd advised him to study something that would give him a real career and a pension plan. David joined the M&G in the late 1990s. There, the publication's youth – which was nearly everyone except him – also tried to further his education. Since April 2010, he's participated in the largest expansion of education coverage the M&G Media has ever undertaken. He says he's "soon" going on "real annual leave", which will entail "switching off this smart phone the M&G youth told me I needed".
Basic education’s new infrastructure norms do not deal with issues of capacity and accountability.
Educationists have cast serious doubt over Angie Motshekga's conclusion about the 2013 annual national assessments of numeracy and literacy.
Five South African universities have made it into the top 100 of new global rankings that assessed more than 700 institutions in emerging economies.
The allocation to school infrastructure in the mid-term budget is inadequate, writes David Macfarlane.
Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has set out to eliminate post-school education's dead-ends and roadblocks.
Less than 5% of black African and coloured youth succeed at university, and more than half of all first-year entrants never graduate at all.
The issue of payments to matric markers raises the same questions as the textbook debacle.
Wits vice-chancellor designate expresses sympathy with angry staff’s grievances.
Nzimande's plan to monitor transformation in South African universities has polarised the higher education sector.
So heavily has the government's thumb been pressing its "spin at all costs" button it's become too easy to lose sight of the human realities at stake