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FET Colleges Must be Institutions of Choice: Zuma

President Jacob Zuma says that further Education and Training (FET) colleges are just as important as universities and technical universities.

Zuma points out that, "We must therefore change the mindsets in our society and enable FET Colleges to become institutions of choice for many young people, so that we can obtain much needed technical skills."

Zuma further says that government wants school leavers, including disheartened ones, some of whom stand in street corners daily with no hope for the future, to be able to come back to the education and training system.

Mandela's 94 Schools Project Launched

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says over 18 000 schools in the country are in need of refurbishment and additional facilities such as laboratories and sports grounds.

Motshekga was speaking in Johannesburg during the launch of the 94 schools project for former president Nelson Mandela, which aims to revamp 94 schools situated in the poorest communities across the country

The project will allow people to share Mandela's legacy of dedicated service to humanity, reconciliation, freedom and dignity for all.

Swazi Students Demand Democracy

Students in Swaziland demanding democracy and scholarships have marched to Mbabane against the country’s decision to cut spending on tuition subsidies and school supplies.

At one point, president of the Swaziland National Union of Students, Maxwell Dlamini, tried to address the crowd but police immediately moved toward, apparently to arrest him, but other students gathered to prevent him being taken away.

Zille Slammed Over ‘Refugee Comment’

Former Rivonia trialist, Dennis Goldberg, has added to criticism against Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, on her comments labelling certain learners as refugees.

Speaking at the Wynberg High School during the 50 year anniversary celebrations of Umkhonto Wesizwe, Goldberg points out that, “The apartheid problem of coloured people who are saying why do these blacks come into our country.”

He is questioning the reason why Zille talks about economic refugees of people who were excluded by influx controls and pass laws, who are now free to share in their country.

Access to Clean Water Remains a Challenge for Rural Populations

My name is Sandra Dube*. Every morning I wake up at 5h00 to go and fetch water for my family. Sometimes my mother accompanies me to the water source, which is about four kilometres away from our home.

On my way to the water source, I usually meet my classmates who will be already heading to school. I am often late for school and on some days I miss classes as the long queues at the water source usually disappear around 9h00. At times, I cannot attend classes because I am too tired.

MEC Hails Efforts to Improve Education

The Western Cape investment in improving the quality of education in poorer areas is beginning to see results, and the ‘life chances’ of pupils in many communities had increased ‘dramatically’ since 2009.

Provincial education MEC, Donald Grant, says that the allocation of the department’s resources to poorer areas and schools had seen the province’s poorest 20 percent of schools improve their overall pass rate from 57 percent in 2010, to 70 percent last year.

Group Pressures University Over Drowned Student

The Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN) is raising suspicions that Thabang Makhoang, a student who drowned at the North West University, was forced to swim and now demands that the institution immediately publicise results of its completed private investigation.

The HETN, an organisation representing a number of alumni from all the country's universities, insists that the university must treat all matters related to Makhoang's death with urgency.

Pregnant Girls Urged to Return to Classroom

The Gauteng Department of Education says that girls who fall pregnant at school have to be encouraged to return and finish their education.

Speaking at an education colloquium in Johannesburg, Barbara Creecy, pointed out that children who stay on course are more likely to be employed as adults, less likely to be caught up by crime and are healthier.

The meeting was attended by educationists, academics and a number of civic organisations to discuss ways to stop children from dropping out of school before they finish Matric.

Number of Public Schools Drop - SAIRR

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says the number of public schools in South Africa has dropped despite a rise in the number of independent schools.

SAIRR head of research, Jonathan Snyman, points out that, "The period between 2000 and 2010 saw a decline of nine percent in the number of public schools from 26 789 to 24 451.”

Snyman states that only the Northern Cape experienced a notable increase of 23 percent in the number of public schools over this period.

NGOs Take Govt to Court Over ‘Intervention’

Several NGOs in the Eastern Cape are taking the government to court in an attempt to quell the apparent confusion resulting from the national government’s intervention in the province’s education.

Save Our Schools and Community, coordinator, Nomalanga Mkhize, says that a lot of confusion about the powers and responsibilities of the national government in the province has been caused by the intervention.

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