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Disabled Children Out of School – NGO

The Right to Education for Children with Disabilities Campaign estimates that there are 165 000 disabled children who are out of school.

According to the Department of Basic Education’s Report on National Senior Certificate Examination School Performance Analysis, there is only one special school in Eastern Cape where pupils wrote matric - St Thomas for the Deaf, where only six candidates wrote, three of whom passed.

North West also has one school - Christiana School for the Blind - with five candidates, all of whom passed. Louzanne's school had 16 candidates.

Kagiso Trust Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, says that more needs to be done to improve the quality of education in South Africa.
Speaking at the 25th anniversary celebrations of educational NGO, Kagiso Trust, in Johannesburg, Gordhan pointed out that, “Organisations involved in education, like Kagiso Trust is, need to find a way to improve the output of the sector as poor growth in education is a serious limitation to the growth of the economy.”
The minister also stated the need for a revised approach to education as the current attempts are not yielding a return on investment.

NSFAS to Refund Overcharged Students

About 34 000 students who have been overcharged interest on study loans by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) in previous years are to be refunded.

This was revealed by Higher Education and Training Minister, Blade Nzimande, during the announcement of the outcomes of the turnaround strategy implemented to address challenges experienced by the NSFAS.

Nzimande says when the NSFAS recalculated every student loan in its books, it confirmed that it had overcharged interest on some student loans in previous years.

Transformed NSFAS to Benefit Students

The Higher Education and Training Department and National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) board have recommitted to ensuring full compliance with all legislative and regulatory requirements in order to receive clean audits in future.

Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande says the department and NSFAS board are jointly committed to achieving the rest of its turnaround goals.

SA Lacks Few Good Teachers: CDE

A new study by the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) has found that a shortage of good teachers, particularly in maths and science, is at the root of South Africa's underperforming education system.

CDE executive director, Ann Bernstein, says that, "For example, there is a shortage of maths teachers, yet many qualified maths teachers are not teaching maths - despite being willing to do so."

South Africa Can Achieve Quality Schooling for Many More People if Bold Choices Are Made

South Africa’s schooling system is failing the majority of young people. Leaders throughout our society, public and private, do not speak about the crisis in education often enough or with sufficient focus on the urgent need for effective action.

“The international evidence is clear. Schooling reform is possible – in as little as six years and from almost any starting point,” said executive director of the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE), Ann Bernstein.

4.7 Million Adults Illiterate in South Africa

Official figures show that about 4.7 million adults in South Africa are illiterate and about 4.9 million adults are functional illiterate who left school before Grade 7.

In light of this, the Department of Arts and Culture is in partnership with a number of stakeholders to encourage a culture of reading, as part of National Book Week.

The department's director-general, Xaba Sibusiso, points out that the purpose of the National Book Week is to encourage the culture of reading and writing in the country – given the low literate rates in certain parts of the communities.

Eastern Cape Education a Paralysis - Motshekga

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has noted that the national government’s intervention in the Eastern Cape Education Department, since its announcement in March this year, has stalled.

The trigger for the intervention was the dismissal of 4 000 temporary teachers, due to non-functioning school programmes, lack of monitoring and evaluation, among other reasons, which left many pupils without teachers in the province.

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