The national education department has identified district offices as key instruments in its pursuit of improving the quality of education, said Palesa Tyobeka, deputy director general for general education and training.
Zimbabwean teachers are leaving home in droves. Low salaries and poor working conditions have made life unbearable for them. It is estimated that since last year almost every school in the country has lost at least three to four teachers.
There are a few special places that, no matter how many times you visit them, always stir the senses, refresh the soul and banish the stresses and strains of everyday life. For me, Mpumalanga's Blyde River Canyon is one of these places.
On August 12, Internatinal Youth day, we will be reminded that young people have been at the forefront of the fight for social change. Young South Africans have fought against apartheid and colonialism, in the same way that youth across the continent have resisted exploitation and subjugation. For these reasons, as well as from a human rights perspective, youth development must be a central tenet of South Africas national development agenda.
New teachers are learning to live with Gems, the Government Employees' Medical Scheme. They have no choice. Membership is compulsory for recent state recruits, unless they are members of their spouse's scheme. What about teachers covered by other schemes? Are they migrating to the new offering? Unfortunately, no clear-cut answer is possible yet.
Following landmark legal action in June concerning school fees, the education department has revealed it is now working out how to compensate schools for fee exemptions. The larger issue of free education was discussed at the ANC policy conference at the end of June.
Schools may well be feeling helpless in the face of the spiralling rate of HIV infections, especially in the 14- to 25-year-old age group. Learners resist the information that is officially on offer and we don't seem to be hitting the mark.
"Would you like to go and have a look at a rather large African rock python?" game ranger Werner Miller politely asks the guests relaxing around the swimming pool at Thandeka Lodge. Simultaneous cries of "Yes!" give him his answer and in minutes his Land Rover is laden with passengers readying their cameras for the shot of the century.
The annual Time of The Writer Festival, held in Durban recently, was a time to reflect on the works of emerging and established writers from around the world. It was a time to showcase the power and meaning behind the written word, and the general process of writing. For a week, what has taken human society thousands of years to develop and cultivate - writing - became the centre of attraction.
A Johannesburg-based teacher has come up with an affordable, user-friendly teaching and learning tool that could revolutionise the teaching and learning of spelling and maths while keeping children fit at the same time.