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The evolution of OBE

In my previous two columns in the Teacher, I've traced the evolution of outcomes based education (OBE) thinking and implementation over the past 35 years, from its early emphasis on expanding the conditions of success in schools and classrooms to its transformational emphasis.

Thinking outside the box

The Old Mutual Foundation (OMF) has added an environmental component to its "out of the box" mathematics and science portfolio. The new offering seeks to help learners switch with ease to the revised curriculum that is due next year.

Big business equips teachers with maths and science skills

The National Business Initiative (NBI) and petroleum outfit Engen have joined hands to launch an innovative programme aimed at providing professional development to mathematics and science teachers.

Dealing with grief

The 2004 school year was a tough one for Lerato Mokhele, a Grade 1 teacher at Asteri Primary School, on the border of Hillbrow in Johannesburg. Two young boys in her class always needed special attention.

Education department faces public grilling

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will consider issuing the national Department of Education (DoE) with a subpoena if it does not present the commission with a written submission in a month.

A career with a calling

"I love teaching and I do not think I can swap it for any profession, however well it pays," says Mavis Shongwe. After a career in teaching spanning 30 years, she is currently deputy principal at Emmangweni Primary School in Tembisa in Gauteng, where she has been teaching since 1979.

A spot of travel adds zing to classroom practice

In the same way field trips transform textbook topics into experiences of true value for learners, international teacher-exchange programmes have the power to add zing to classroom practice.

Easing the burden

A government drive to standardise HIV/Aids policies in schools over the past three years has highlighted the need for schools to formalise their strategies to tackle the epidemic and its effects.

Ins and outs of smart finances

Are you earning money for yourself, your children, your home and your retirement -- or are you working hard just to make other people rich?

Same-sex relationships are African

South Africa is the only African country in which same-sex rights are constitutionally protected. Even so, homosexuals continue to be subjected to treatment that is sometimes nothing less than brutal. Lesbians, for example, are still raped by men who want to teach them a lesson and convert them into real, heterosexual women.

The hero from Atlantis

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the principal of Saxonsea Primary in Atlantis, Loran Klaasen, doesn't think he's a hero. "I am a catalyst. All I am doing is inspiring other people," he shrugs.

R28m project to fight HIV/Aids

A two-year pilot project was launched last month to tackle the high rate of HIV and Aids among South Africas teachers.

Making schools financially fit

Schools are big business these days. And it's not just proceeds from tuckshops and cake sales that make it into school accountants' books.

A shrinking pool

The question of whether South Africa is producing enough new teachers is the subject of hot debate. But it is one that we need clear answers to, particularly in the light of our national aspiration to provide quality education for all.

Mother-tongue education in a twist

Some significant legal and political victories for mother-tongue education were gained in the recent past. In relation to Afrikaans in particular, there was Mikro Primary Schools successful defence against court action by the Western Cape department of education to enforce its language policy on the school governing body (SGB).

Taking an Islamic view to education

International terrorism carried out in cities around the world in the name of Allah is creating a dangerous perception of Muslims as bloodthirsty criminals.

United in any language

The rituals and religious traditions of weddings may differ from culture to culture, but the world over they’re essentially about the same thing: uniting not only a man and a woman, but their families as well.

Education for Earth

Over the past 10 years, environmental education has assumed growing importance in our curriculum and our schools. This reflects the growing centrality of environment in national policymaking and in the international arena.

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