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Nic Spaull

Nic Spaull

    ​Shaky data skews literacy results
    ​Shaky data skews literacy results
    COMMENTEvery few years South Africa participates in international tests of reading, maths and science to see what learners know and how this...
    Black graduate numbers are up
    Black graduate numbers are up
    As someone who has written extensively about the failings of our education system, I was surprised by the quotes emerging in the media coverage of...
    Afrikaans varsities perpetuate racial divisions
    Afrikaans varsities perpetuate racial divisions
    In the past two weeks, we have seen protests erupt at former Afrikaans-only universities, specifically at the University of Pretoria and the...
    Assessment results don't add up
    Assessment results don't add up
    Last week, the minister of basic education announced the results of the Annual National Assessments (ANAs) for 2014. The ANAs test all children in...
    We need more than a stab in the dark
    We need more than a stab in the dark
    Almost everything that is associated with maths in South Africa is either contentious or depressing or both.
    Education rankings: There's madness in WEF methods
    Education rankings: There's madness in WEF methods
    In the past two weeks the South African media has had a field day lamenting the state of maths and science education in the country. This is...
    Varsity buildings salute apartheid
    Varsity buildings salute apartheid
    This past week we celebrated Freedom Day, commemorating 20 years of democracy in South Africa. Naturally the media reflected on the pressing issues...
    Matric is failing SA's lost children
    Matric is failing SA's lost children
    When speaking about the state of education in South Africa it is both conventional and convenient to talk about the matric pass rate.
    Assessment results don't make sense
    Assessment results don't make sense
    I have a love-hate relationship with the yearly publication of the national assessment results.
    Matric assessment misses the mark
    Matric assessment misses the mark
    Every year for the past three years the department of basic education has tried — unsuccessfully — to implement competency tests...
    School infrastructure: Motshekga, don't shoot for the stars
    School infrastructure: Motshekga, don't shoot for the stars
    As we wait for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to publish norms and standards for school infrastructure, many of us are wondering what the...
    Absentee teachers are a thorn in our side
    Absentee teachers are a thorn in our side
    Teacher absenteeism is a problem, and seems to be the latest target for both President Jacob Zuma and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.