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‘Hilton, stop poaching our sports stars’
‘Hilton, stop poaching our sports stars’
The heads of a group of boys’ schools in Gauteng have asked the country’s most expensive private school, Hilton College, to stop “poaching”...
An academic revamp is necessary
An academic revamp is necessary
A postgraduate student in an English department at a historically white university recently told me that the attendance of many of the white...
The sage on stage must become a study guide
The sage on stage must become a study guide
Change is never easy, especially in complicated matters such as evolving the education system to meet the demands of life in the 21st century....
Higher standards, better results
Higher standards, better results
Each year, the release of the matric results unleashes a frantic conversation about how to meet the demand for skilled workers to support the South...
Wits fires academic found guilty of sexual harassment
Wits fires academic found guilty of sexual harassment
The University of the Witwatersrand has fired a senior academic who was found guilty of sexually harassing three colleagues.
​Technical college examiners not paid for years
​Technical college examiners not paid for years
Officials appointed to set and moderate exam question papers at technical colleges are fuming over the higher education department’s failure to...
Matric really does start in grade one
Matric really does start in grade one
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Crisis at TVET – 20 colleges shut down as students wait years for diplomas
Crisis at TVET – 20 colleges shut down as students wait years for diplomas
Tens of thousands of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) college graduates are still waiting for their certificates — some...
​Needed: statisticians – not nerds – with workplace knowledge
​Needed: statisticians – not nerds – with workplace knowledge
COMMENTIn the past, the word “statistician” conjured up images of a nerdy guy in drab grey clothes, sitting in a corner and tapping away...
​Universities must free their minds
​Universities must free their minds
COMMENTThe start of the academic year is looming in South Africa. The student protests that rocked most public universities’ campuses in...
​Building the foundations of matric
​Building the foundations of matric
COMMENTIn response to the recent release of the matric results, many education commentators implied that stronger investment in the foundation phase of schooling is likely to lead to more sustained improvement in school education and therefore to better matric results....
Four top UKZN academics face suspension, sending SRC and union into a tailspin
Four top UKZN academics face suspension, sending SRC and union into a tailspin
The possible suspension of five senior executives, including four deputy vice-chancellors, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), could...
All bets are off when it comes to gender and maths
All bets are off when it comes to gender and maths
Don’t jump to the conclusion that, judging by 2016’s matric results, boys are better than girls at maths.

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