Education

Private tertiary education is here to stay
Private tertiary education is here to stay
OPINIONHigher education is a cornerstone of democratic development and, in our historically fractured society, has the power to uplift the...
The human cost of varsity debt
The human cost of varsity debt
In this, the second of a series, we speak to five young people who are struggling to pay their university fees while the education authorities and...
Swazi parents in matric panic
Swazi parents in matric panic
When a rural high school in central Swaziland recorded a whopping 73.25% failure rate during the 2016 junior certificate external exams, the...
‘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...
​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....

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