MAIL & GUARDIAN: Education

White elephant schools reveal lack of progress

The schools rationalisation programme is two decades old, but is still plagued by inconsistencies

Government must give a helping hand to learners who drop out

We cannot simply accept that 75 000 young people or more have dropped out of school this year and that life continues as normal — we need to give them opportunities

Folly of school assessment in a pandemic

The method used to determine whether children should move to the next grade considers what they recall rather than their potential to learn

Probe into SMU vice-chancellor put on ice

Lawyers have told Parliament’s higher education portfolio committee that it can’t examine sexual misconduct allegations against Vice-Chancellor Peter Mbati

Rogue principals cannot be allowed to run schools

We do not need rogue, prejudiced or ignorant principals to lead our schools. We need principled leaders who are empathetic and follow the laws of the country and those prescribed for the education sector.

It’s time to reimagine adult literacy in a post-Covid-19 world

As we celebrate International Literacy Day, it’s important that adult learners aren’t left left behind. The lockdown has curtailed face-to-face lessons, but companies in the adult literacy space are pivoting to online learning

Where do Africans study abroad?

China is becoming the preferred destination for countries such as Ghana and Nigeria

Is internationalisation in jeopardy?

The pandemic is an opportunity for universities to set new parameters for interacting with foreign students and staff

A search for the meaning behind Motshekga’s words

COMMENT The National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) recently hosted a seminar...

Traditional universities must adapt or die

Covid-19 made obvious the need for universities to adopt fourth industrial revolution strategies

It is possible to decolonise science

Though it’s based in fact and measurement, science teaching needn’t only foreground individuals, but can situate itself in a web of knowledge and try to lower barriers to learning

Open schools mean full tummies as feeding schemes resume

About four in five learners in the country’s poorest schools rely on the one meal they receive at school, but they weren’t able to get it for more than four months, during which child hunger increased because of the pandemic

Investing in innovation will reduce unemployment and poverty

South African inventions that have changed the world are all underpinned by research, development and significant financial backing — to lose this would be tragic

Dr Lungile: Your legacy will live on

Nelson Mandela University executive dean of health sciences, paediatric cardiologist and Mail & Guardian contributor Lungile Pepeta succumbed to Covid-19 earlier this month. NMU vice-chancellor, Professor Sibongile Muthwa pays tribute.

Protecting women on campuses is a priority

A GBV policy framework that achieves gender equality in the post-school education sector and broader society needs to be urgently implemented

Few women leaders in academia

Patriarchal culture still dominates university leadership in SA, despite an abundance of qualified women

School polo coach in hot water for calling schoolgirls ‘strippers’

Former Springbok and current school water polo coach Pierre le Roux has a litany of complaints against him, from body shaming and bullying to being racist to learners

More black students at university, but still starting at a disadvantage

The headcount of black students at all universities stood at 84.8% in 2017 compared with 14.3% of white students. In 2005 black students comprised 74.5% of the university population while white students made up 25.3%

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