Victoria studied journalism, specialising in photojournalism, at Rhodes University from 2004 to 2007. After traveling around the US and a brief stint in the UK she did a year's internship at The Independent on Saturday in Durban. She then worked as a reporter for the South African Press Association for a year before joining the Mail & Guardian as an education reporter in August 2011.
The country places a high value on the power of education to achieve a stable, peaceful and prosperous society.
Panyaza Lesufi has boldly claimed that every chalkboard in every matric classroom will be replaced with a smart board by July.
The department insists it released the document, despite no evidence of it being in the public domain.
A leaked document shows the crippling effect of powerful unions and cronyism on basic education.
A damning report held back from the public highlights the extent of cronyism and the influence of unions in filling education positions.
Unisa is yet to decide on how to implement the new Labour Relations Act, but this is affecting university staff whose jobs are hanging in the balance.
Equal Education and pupils frustrated by the long wait for better school infrastructure picketed outside the basic education department's office.
Students are adamant that they don’t want temporary solutions to permanent problems.
South African student leaders explain the movement to wipe Eurocentricism off the face of their campuses.
Don't belittle the act of defacing symbols of the oppression students say is being upheld at universities, writes Victoria John.