Schools that Work

 
​Home education – is it a possible solution?
​Home education – is it a possible solution?
There’s a scrimmage of 40 Grade 1 learners in front of their new class. They bundle in and sit on their chairs. There is good discipline in the...
In defiance of schooling stereotypes
In defiance of schooling stereotypes
I have spent the past year on a journey around South Africa, chronicling the stories of 19 disadvantaged but top-performing schools across the...
Rural E Cape school learns tough lessons in leadership
Rural E Cape school learns tough lessons in leadership
Principal Edward Gabada has been fighting for his vision for Mpondombini Secondary School in Eastern Cape since his arrival in 2001. He is tough on...
School triumphs against all odds
School triumphs against all odds
'There is this saying — 'never judge a book by its cover'," says Snegugu Khumalo, a former pupil at Mpumelelo Secondary...
Discipline and dedication prevail
Discipline and dedication prevail
It's 5am and we are driving through the gates of Velabahleke Secondary School in Umlazi, about 20 minutes outside Durban. Why 5am? That's...
At Kharkams, they learn by heart
At Kharkams, they learn by heart
Somewhere on the N7 highway, in northern Namaqualand on the road from Cape Town to Namibia, you'll find three towns about 100km before...
Teachers with heart see pupils soar
Teachers with heart see pupils soar
'Two Chinamen [sic] stay with us for three months at a time. They love staying here," the Nelspruit bed-and-breakfast owner said.
Excellence thrives in rural isolation
Excellence thrives in rural isolation
‘The power of thin slicing”, says Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking, is a...
‘A cappella moments’ in Katlehong
‘A cappella moments’ in Katlehong
There are welcome surprises to be found in schools in Katlehong. For the project Schools That Work, my brief is to visit institutions to document...
The schools that defy the odds
The schools that defy the odds
Just before last year's matric exams began, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga issued an open letter apologising to grade 12 pupils....
Teachers who show the way
Teachers who show the way
I recently spent time at five schools that serve mostly disadvantaged pupils, but consistently achieve high matric pass rates. They are schools...

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