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Prega Govender

School dropout numbers blamed on poor learning in early grades

Nearly a million pupils should have written matric in 2014, yet only about half got that far.

It’s not kids bunking – it’s teachers

Teacher unions reject clocking-in system for educators despite study finding they are regularly absent.

Read between the lines, kids

A new report highlights the need for children to be able to 'read for meaning' by grade three so that they do not struggle in matric.

Lesufi’s chirp must be made a reality for South Africa’s education system

"In a democracy such as ours, the underlying argument is that parents should be free to send their children to a school of their choice."

English teachers’ incompetencies exposed after they fail vocabulary tests

But English first additional language educators have been thwarted since their own school days, writes Prega Govender.

Gauteng school feeder zone criteria will “prolong and legalise racial exclusion”, says Concourt

Thousands of children have been excluded from attending well-resourced schools in Gauteng because of the controversial feeder zone legislation.

Poor children ‘doomed’ in early grades

The gap between haves and have-nots is already set in stone for life in primary school, a study says.

Fee relief for single parents

It’s difficult to get income information from a disgruntled ex-partner, but an amendment to the Schools Act will do away with this obstacle.

Jonathan Jansen to step down as UFS vice chancellor

Professor Jonathan Jansen will leave the University of Free State to take up a fellowship at Stanford University in the United States.

Student teachers may solve counselling crisis at schools

The basic education department is encouraging universities to direct students into the psychosocial field to help school pupils.

Court tussle over school feeder zones resumes

The plight of parents lying to give their children a decent education is again in focus.

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