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