Education

Merger madness

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) seems to be losing the plot in addressing the problem of declining enrolment at some schools in Soweto.

Open the doors of learning and culture now

Fifty years ago this month, the Freedom Charter boldly proclaimed for all to know: The doors of learning and culture shall be opened. It contains one of the best formulations of the right to education evident today:

Inclusive education in my lifetime

At a recent GDE (Gauteng department of education) conference on inclusion, someone from the floor asked when we can expect full inclusion to take place in our schools. The speaker, an official representing the Department of Education (DoE), said that the date it is working towards is 2024.

Revisiting the essence of OBE

In August, I was asked to share some of the “cutting-edge essence” of my 35 years of experience with OBE in two seminars at the University of Pretoria. It was an exciting day for me - an opportunity to address some of the most basic concepts surrounding OBE thinking and practice in South Africa and elsewhere, and to respond to a host of deep and challenging questions about learners, learning and learning systems.

Journey to the soul

Umbumbulo, a rural village near Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, was the scene of brutal conflict in the early 1990s between the Inkatha Freedom Party and African National Congress, which left orphans, widows and a shattered community in its wake.

A vision of a better deal

On first acquaintance Gillian Wilkinson seems rather vague - dreamy perhaps. But she has the ability to approach things without preconceptions, to see the needs of the moment.

Round one to Mikro

It took just 10 minutes for Judge Wilfred Thring to rule that Mikro Primary's school governing body (SGB) had the right to make its own decisions about language policy, and that the Western Cape minister of education, Cameron Dugmore, was wrong to force the school to accommodate English-speaking learners.

The struggle to communicate

By all appearances, the property looks like any other in the affluent neighbourhood of Parktown West, Johannesburg. But once inside the reception area of the house, the multitude of pictures and photos packed on every wall suggests that this is no ordinary house.

High-tech pioneers

Five educators have been honoured for their pioneering work in the use of technology in education.

Is there a place for m-learning?

Can mobile learning (m-learning) really make a difference to teachers and learners? On the face of it the question seems a "no brainer".

Learning across cultures

I am a grade one educator. In 2003 my school nominated me for the National Teaching Awards and I won the category of Excellence in Early Childhood Development (ECD) at provincial level.

Loop the loop in Swaziland

Although local is lekker (and cheaper), almost local can be just as lekker. Swaziland might be just a trip across the border, but it's a whole new world. There is something in the clear mountain air of Swaziland that makes you forget South Africa is only a heartbeat away.

Thumbs up for English paper

Grade 12 learners around the country wrote English Home Language Paper 2 today. <i>The Teacher</i> spoke to Lorraine Swift at Despatch High School in the Easetern Cape to get her opinion on the examination paper.

Happy Xmas, Sir

The year was 1969, my first year of teaching. The last day of the school year at Doornfontein Primary had arrived. Everyone in my standard two (grade four) class was excited. At 12pm the bell would ring shrilly to announce the start of the December holidays.

Ramphele takes up the UCT challenge

Dr Mamphela Ramphele has been appointed at the deputy vice-chancellor of UCT.

Somafco pupils wait to come home

The Solo­mon Mahlangu Freedom College (Somafco) in Tanzania for South African refugees has recently closed.

Inside our chaotic schools

As described by a reporter who put on a gymslip and went off to school.

Unita push into Namibia

Savimbi's strategic gambit on eve of peace ...

Press Releases

New energy mix on the cards

REI4P already has and will continue to yield thousands of employment opportunities

The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world

SAB Zenzele special AGM rescheduled to March 25 2020

New voting arrangements are being made to safeguard the health of shareholders