David Macfarlane

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

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’

The Independent Media boss cites "jobs for pals" and lack of change in his resignation letter from various University of Cape Town bodies.

Best response to a cheating scandal? Completely confuse everybody

The conflicting statements about cheating during the 2014 matric exams equals complete national confusion.

‘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’

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

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

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?

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

Quacquarelli Symonds has published its top 100 universities in the five Brics countries, of which eight are South African.

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.

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