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Keeping polio at bay

National Polio Eradication Awareness Week, from April 6 to 12, is a reminder of the global effort to eradicate the polio virus from the world. Though continued efforts by global organisations have decreased the global infection rates, the threat of polio re-emerging remains.

Matching numbers with technology

For many years I trained grade 10, 11 and 12 learners to use accounting software and saw numerous matriculants who successfully passed the programme getting snapped up by employers immediately after school. Most of these youngsters found employment in the accounting departments of cash-based businesses or in companies such as Game, Edgars, Woolworths and First National Bank.

Blazing the funding trail

When Scottsdene High School headmaster Karel Cupido was asked what he would do if tens of thousands of rand were donated to his school, he might have chosen computers or textbooks, but he opted for a borehole.

Toolmaking in dire straits

South Africa's expanding economy and the widening gap left by experienced toolmakers who have left the industry have resulted in a dire need for students in this field.

First pledge was shelved

As controversy simmers over the draft pledge for schools released by Education Minister Naledi Pandor, a much older oath of allegiance emerged from the South African archive of ideas.

Loving the library

An evocative smell of books, paper and wood polish greets visitors to the Johannesburg Public Library, known these days as the City of Johannesburg Library and Information Service.

Schools crack down on traditional dress

In some Western Cape township schools 2008 started with a clash between circumcision initiates wearing post-circumcision dress and school authorities intent on ensuring school dress codes were adhered to.

From rights to responsibilities

First it was the school pledge, then Education Minister Naledi Pandor drew fire for introducing a Bill of Responsibilities.

Help them to help themselves

The heavy toll of HIV on the 14- to 25-year-old age group haunts us all. One possible remedy is to provide a higher quality education to enable learners to step into a future that offers some promise. But we know that is not enough.

Home for the holidays

It's madness. School's out and the kids are hanging around the house. You can't afford a proper holiday, but you can't handle another day of couch potatoes laying in front of the telly.

How the wheel turns

Ke Go Jetse Eng by Peter Tseole

The deaf teaching the deaf

The conversation rippling through the conference room in Benoni on Gauteng's East Rand was animated.

A quick fix?

The Learning Channel's new Top Class programme, which is screened from this month, placed 10 CEOs from top businesses into 10 underachieving schools identified by the national department of education as having the potential to do better.

A valued school

Being a teacher in certain schools is an unforgettable experience...for the wrong reasons.

‘We are treated unfairly’

Mpho Thibedi* has a personality that naturally qualifies her to work with young and fragile minds. This serves her well as an early childhood development (ECD) teacher at a primary school in Meadowlands Zone One.

Beating the money blues

The start of every year is an exciting time, allowing us to consider new opportunities and focus on the challenges ahead. But for many South Africans it is also a period of pain as consumers recover from the festive season's spending spree.

Drug-resistant TB. The new scourge

In December last year the public's attention was drawn to the threat posed to society by resistant strains of tuberculosis (TB) when 49 patients infected with deadly and highly infectious strains of drug-resistant TB escaped from Jose Pearson Hospital near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. Their escape made national headlines and highlighted again the need for swift and effective medical care.

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