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SECTION27 Satisfied With Textbook Delivery

The civil rights group, SECTION27, says it is satisfied with the delivery of textbooks and workbooks to Limpopo schools.

In a press statement, the organisation points out that, "We are encouraged that most schools in Limpopo, who had received no textbooks before the commencement of the 2012 academic year, have received their textbooks and workbooks for 2013."

It says that, "These schools have followed up directly with the [department] and have been assured that the outstanding textbooks and workbooks will be delivered by the end of this week."

79.25 Percent Matric Pass Rate in SA Prisons

The Department of Correctional Services has reported a total of 79.25 percent of prisoners who wrote national senior certificate examinations passed in 2012.

In a press statement, Correctional Services Minister, Sibusiso Ndebele, congratulated the inmates on achieving a 79.25 percent pass rate and also wished them every success in their efforts to empower and improve their lives.

Learners Lobby for Free Wikipedia

South African learners are lobbying local mobile operators - Vodacom, MTN and Cell C - to make Wikipedia free to facilitate easier access to information.

In Uganda and Kenya, mobile operators allow free access to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia and learners from Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park outside Cape Town are lobbying to make the service available in South Africa.

Leaners Attend WISE Summit

More than 1 000 participants from around the world recently gathered in Doha, Qatar, for the fourth annual World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), convening under the theme ‘Collaborating for Change’.

While the annual summit is the highest profile event of the WISE calendar, WISE runs a number of year-round educational initiatives.

One of them is the WISE Awards to ‘identify, recognise and showcase’ innovative projects in the field of education.

Living Through Learning: Mathematics Educator

Living Through Learning (LTL) is a nonprofit organisation operating in the education sector assisting disadvantaged youth and educators. LTL assists specifically in the literacy, technical subject assistance and educator training arenas.

The Tertiary Education Access Channel (TEACH) project to assists 40 matriculants of 2012 bridge the gap between their high school and technical university studies.

LTL seeks to appoint a maths professional as Mathematics Educator for an innovative post-matric bridging project, based in Cape Town.

Living Through Learning: Volunteer Bookkeeper

Living Through Learning (LTL) is a nonprofit organisation operating in the education sector assisting disadvantaged youth and educators. LTL assists specifically in the literacy, technical subject assistance and educator training arenas.

LTL seeks to appoint a part-time Volunteer Bookkeeper, based in Cape Town.

LTL has currently two main projects underway and is in need of a part-time bookkeeper to assist with account payments, project budgeting, salaries etc.

LTL is looking for someone who is willing to contribute to society through voluntary assistance.

Bullying Incidents Worrisome, Says SAHRC

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says incidents of bullying in the country’s schools have become ‘worrisome’.

SAHRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, says that schools should have policies and measures in place aimed at stopping bullying in schools.

Mangena’s comments follow an incident this week, in which a Grade 10 pupil from Phineus Xulu Secondary School in Vosloorus, was shot dead minutes before he was due to write his year-end exam.

Out of Court Settlement for Norms and Standards Case

Non-governmental organisation, Equal Education (EE), says that Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has agreed to promulgate minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure.

EE chairperson, Yoliswa Dwane, points out that, "In an out of court settlement ... Minister Motshekga has agreed to promulgate regulations to create binding minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure."

She says that according to the settlement, the norms and standards will be published for public comment by 15 January 2013, and finalised by 15 May 2013.

Some Schools Without Textbooks - SECTION27

Lobby group, SECTION27, says some schools in the Limpopo province are still without their textbooks.

In a press statement, the organisation points out that, "While we acknowledge that more than one million textbooks have been delivered to Limpopo schools, as a result of the efforts of the Department of Basic Education (DBE), some textbooks have still not been delivered."

Activist Criticises SA Education System

Anti-apartheid activist, Mamphela Ramphele, has compared the state of education in South Africa to a sinking ship.

Speaking at the third congress of teacher's union, the National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) in Johannesburg, Ramphele, the founder of the Citizens Movement, an organisation that lobbies for social change, pointed out that, "I'm not just talking about the textbooks. Vacant teacher's posts must be filled, and not just filled for the sake of being filled - we need experts and specialists," she explains.

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