Education

Storytelling an evolutionary tool of our humanity
Storytelling an evolutionary tool of our humanity
Author Ursula Kroeber Le Guin once wrote that “there have been a great many societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no...
Cultural barriers must fall
Cultural barriers must fall
About 4.5-million students globally were studying outside their home country, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)...
Savvy school turns its gang crisis around
Savvy school turns its gang crisis around
Sipho and Lethabo (not their real names) were good friends when they started high school in 2013 at Badirile High School in Khutsong, Carletonville, west of Johannesburg....
Pupils want an end to ‘ugly’ outdated uniforms
Pupils want an end to ‘ugly’ outdated uniforms
Recently, pupils from Hoërskool Pretoria West demanded that skinny pants be incorporated into their school uniform. It was short-lived: their...
Something rank about ratings
Something rank about ratings
The only useful thing about university rankings is that they illuminate something essential about the contradictions that accompany the process of...
You can’t not talk to kids about race
You can’t not talk to kids about race
Race may be an uncomfortable conversation for some parents but, in South Africa, whether we like it or not, things always boil down to us and...
Post-colonial universities are trapped by their past
Post-colonial universities are trapped by their past
Professor Mahmood Mamdani returned to the University of Cape Town (UCT) on August 22 to deliver a lecture on Decolonising the Post-colonial...
University rankings buy into corporate thinking
University rankings buy into corporate thinking
The only useful thing about university rankings is that they illuminate something essential about the contradictions that accompany the process of...
University rankings: Boon or bane?
University rankings: Boon or bane?
The Academic Ranking of World Universities (Arwu) announced last week that five South African universities were among the top 500 universities in...
Pupils are condemned to death road
Pupils are condemned to death road
Phumzile Sibiya thought she was dying. She had no way out. No option. Death was imminent.
Teacher shot in murder-suicide in full view of pupils
Teacher shot in murder-suicide in full view of pupils
A Mpumalanga primary school teacher was fatally shot in full view of pupils on Monday.
Ivy League schools fail black parents’ grade
Ivy League schools fail black parents’ grade
Wealthy young black parents are veering off of the beaten track to private and former model C schools when they choose a path for their children....
Modern day superwomen: Students who are mothers too
Modern day superwomen: Students who are mothers too
Being a student is stressful enough with lectures, assignments, exams and generally finding yourself. But some women play the role of both...
Private schools not above the law
Private schools not above the law
Over the last two weeks, one of the most prominent private schools in the country, Saint John’s College, has been criticised for merely disciplining and demoting a teacher found guilty of sustained discrimination of black pupils is his classes....

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