Education

How to grow an effective public service
How to grow an effective public service
COMMENTSouth Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) is unequivocal in its commitment to an efficient and effective public sector that is...
Schools have to pay fee exemptions out of their own pocket
Schools have to pay fee exemptions out of their own pocket
Former Model C schools are granting hundreds of millions of rands in fee exemptions to learners annually but are receiving a pittance in compensation...
Time for a change at universities
Time for a change at universities
In the face of debilitating funding cuts and new waves of student activism, the role of universities in addressing the critical challenges facing...
Basic education department can’t afford breakfast
Basic education department can’t afford breakfast
Millions of hungry learners will not be offered breakfast. This decision follows a suggestion by the planning, monitoring and evaluation department...
Early learning = equality and jobs
Early learning = equality and jobs
COMMENTTwo decades after the end of apartheid, South Africa’s socioeconomic landscape is still visibly divided along racial and geographic...
Blended learning is the future
Blended learning is the future
COMMENTIt is only natural that we strive for progress and advancement, such that we endeavour to search always for innovative ways to...
School nutrition programme deserves praise
School nutrition programme deserves praise
COMMENTWe fail to praise South Africa’s national school nutrition Programme’s success in producing graduates for South Africa, because we...
​The Swazi and Mozambican migrant scholars of Mpumalanga’s border towns
​The Swazi and Mozambican migrant scholars of Mpumalanga’s border towns
Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Swazi children rent dingy, unfurnished rooms in Mpumalanga so that they can attend school because the cost of...
Back to school for gymslip mothers
Back to school for gymslip mothers
Schools may soon be banned from forcing girls who have given birth to remain at home for months — or even more than a year — before...
Northern Cape project gets boys switched on about sex
Northern Cape project gets boys switched on about sex
The Northern Cape’s education department has launched a project to reduce learner pregnancies at schools — sex education for boys.
Inspirational ways to teach the teacher
Inspirational ways to teach the teacher
Research shows that an inspiring and informed teacher is the most important school-related factor influencing learner performance. Given the poor...
Xenophobia’s shameful assault on schoolchildren
Xenophobia’s shameful assault on schoolchildren
COMMENTAs the nation reels from more xenophobic violence, another equally egregious form of institutionalised xenophobia played out far from...
​Pregnancy’s not the end of schoolgirls’ dreams
​Pregnancy’s not the end of schoolgirls’ dreams
When Nicole van Nieuwenhuizen became pregnant at the age of 16, she vowed not to become another high school dropout.
D-school is the future of design
D-school is the future of design
At first glance, it looks as though the group of young adults is building Lego. But these are students at the University of Cape Town’s Hasso...

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