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David Macfarlane

David Macfarlane

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".  
    Students unseen and unheard as UKZN ushers in its new VC
    Students unseen and unheard as UKZN ushers in its new VC
    Despite glowing accounts of the new VC at his inauguration, Albert van Jaarsveld's address failed to offer real solutions to students' problems.
    Nene is no Tom Cruise, even if his mission is impossible
    Nene is no Tom Cruise, even if his mission is impossible
    Nhlanhla Nene has little good luck and plenty of tough luck for the country's millions of children, young people and universities as well.
    Iqbal Surve dumps UCT over 'lip service'
    Iqbal Surve dumps UCT over 'lip service'
    The Independent Media boss cites "jobs for pals" and lack of change in his resignation letter from various University of Cape Town bodies.
    'Outsider' Albert van Jaarsveld is new UKZN vice-chancellor
    'Outsider' Albert van Jaarsveld is new UKZN vice-chancellor
    Scientist Albert van Jaarsveld has been appointed the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s new vice-chancellor, ahead of two internal candidates.
    Education’s legal fires ‘need dousing’
    Education’s legal fires ‘need dousing’
    In an unusual case, activists want the government to be legally bound to extensive education reforms.
    Government violated Limpopo childrens' right to education, says court
    Government violated Limpopo childrens' right to education, says court
    The Pretoria high court has ruled that government violated the right to basic education by failing to deliver textbooks to all Limpopo schoolchildren.
    Time for Motshekga to meet Sadtu's crazed antics with political muscle
    Time for Motshekga to meet Sadtu's crazed antics with political muscle
    Government must show Sadtu the door, otherwise just hand the entire ministry of education over to this power-crazed union, writes David Macfarlane.
    Dropouts and passes: How far has education really come?
    Dropouts and passes: How far has education really come?
    The launch of Blade Nzimande's white paper and the audited data on universities exposes the steady pattern of dropouts, failure and graduation.
    Eight SA universities feature in new top 100 list
    Eight SA universities feature in new top 100 list
    Quacquarelli Symonds has published its top 100 universities in the five Brics countries, of which eight are South African.
    Education's next step: Ensuring compliance
    Education's next step: Ensuring compliance
    Basic education’s new infrastructure norms do not deal with issues of capacity and accountability.
    Critics slap down Motshekga's confidence over ANAs
    Critics slap down Motshekga's confidence over ANAs
    Educationists have cast serious doubt over Angie Motshekga's conclusion about the 2013 annual national assessments of numeracy and literacy.