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Free education is possible if South Africa moves beyond smoke and mirrors
Free education is possible if South Africa moves beyond smoke and mirrors
South Africa’s universities are once again in uproar. Higher...
Wits outshines Oxford in UN study on gender parity
Wits outshines Oxford in UN study on gender parity
The University of the Witwatersrand has more female professors than Oxford University in the United Kingdom. This is one of the startling facts to...
Wits students vs private security: Rocks fly during Solomon House shutdown
Wits students vs private security: Rocks fly during Solomon House shutdown
Protesters at the University of the Witwatersrand returned to the main campus after marching to the Education Campus to find private security...
'Effectively a 0% increase in fees': What Nzimande's announcement means
'Effectively a 0% increase in fees': What Nzimande's announcement means
For the first time, students from so-called "missing middle" families, whose annual household income is up to R600 000 a year, will not be...
UCT suspends lectures again following continued student protests
UCT suspends lectures again following continued student protests
Lectures at the University of Cape Town were temporarily suspended today following student protest action.
Blade Nzimande says fees can go up, but not beyond 8%
Blade Nzimande says fees can go up, but not beyond 8%
Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande says universities in the country can increase fees for 2017 but they must not exceed...
​Social justice starts at school
​Social justice starts at school
COMMENTPretoria High School for Girls made headlines after it emerged that black pupils were being ordered to straighten their hair chemically. Some people have responded by suggesting that pupils must abide by the school rules, which call for neatly kept hair. Do they have a...
​Smart teaching gives kids the tools to learn
​Smart teaching gives kids the tools to learn
September is Literacy Month and in South Africa, where nearly 30% of grade 4 learners — the critical grade where children move on from...
Conceptual clarity on the makings of an African university
Conceptual clarity on the makings of an African university
Academics are trying to rid universities of the procedures, values, norms, practices, thinking, beliefs and choices that mark anything non-European...
​IBM calls on SA youth to pursue science and technology
​IBM calls on SA youth to pursue science and technology
COMMENTNearly a century ago, IBM established its first operations in Africa, playing a vital role in the continent’s economic development...
Top school's controversial HIV sports policy raises discrimination concerns
Top school's controversial HIV sports policy raises discrimination concerns
A top school that discourages learners who disclose that they are HIV positive from participating in contact sports has been warned that its...
University of Zululand vice-chancellor splurges millions while students suffer
University of Zululand vice-chancellor splurges millions while students suffer
The vice-chancellor of the embattled University of Zululand, Professor Xoliswa Mtose, received a hefty R478 000 performance bonus in December...
Varsities need cash to stay ahead: South Africa has too much to lose from cost cuts
Varsities need cash to stay ahead: South Africa has too much to lose from cost cuts
The most recent report by the Academic Ranking of World Universities — also known as the Shanghai ranking and one of the most respected and...
​Historically disadvantaged universities are gearing up, but they need more students
​Historically disadvantaged universities are gearing up, but they need more students
Once sidelined, South Africa’s historically disadvantaged universities are now producing high-calibre chartered accounting graduates. Many of...
Free education would now have to take place under trees, says UKZN after arson
Free education would now have to take place under trees, says UKZN after arson
Amid mounting tensions over the announcement of next year’s fee hike, 51 students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) were arrested...

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