Teachers Demand Mugabe’s Audience

The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) has written to President Robert Mugabe to request a meeting with him to register displeasure with current education minister, Lazarus Dokora.

The teachers’ trade union group accuses Dokora of unilaterally introducing potentially destructive policies within the country's struggling education sector.

Dokora is further accused of plans to shift schools sporting activities to weekends as well as to roll out CCTV camera installations in classrooms as a ‘spying’ measure on teachers.

Maths Centre: Field Trainers - Primary Schools Maths

Maths Centre Incorporating Sciences, popularly known as the Maths Centre, is a nonprofit organisation of excellence in mathematics, science, technology and entrepreneurship education; spread across all provinces. The primary objective is to equip teachers, learners and parents with learning materials and programmes in order to develop a higher competency and performance in these learning areas for Grades R-12 in South Africa.

Schools Take Govt to Court Over Textbooks

Numerous schools in Limpopo are taking the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to court for failing to deliver textbooks.
The move is headed by 23 schools that say that between them, they still need 18 000 books.

The case, initiated by lobby group Basic Education for All, through civil rights organisation SECTION27, is due to be heard in the High Court, Pretoria.

To read the article titled, “Fight for textbooks back in court, report,” click here.

Limpopo Textbooks Still Not Delivered

According to a newspaper report, some schools in Limpopo still have not received their textbooks for the 2014 school year.

Sipho Mothobuka, principal of Moloketla Primary, complains that the education department makes announcements on the radio to say that the books are delivered, but that is not so and it is a problem.

Daniel Ramatladi, mathematics teacher, states that teachers sometimes forced to write out the whole textbook on the blackboard.

Most Countries Unlikely to Meet MDG

The United Nations (UN) states that most sub-Saharan African countries will not meet the Millennium Development Goal of ensuring that all children receive a primary school education by 2015, partly because of a shift in donor focus towards security and governance.

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Pauline Rose, points out that South and West Asia have the fastest rise in numbers in primary schools, contributing more than half the rise in primary school pupils.

Limpopo Textbook Delivery on Track

Civil society lobby group SECTION27 is impressed with the state of text book deliveries in Limpopo for the 2014 academic year.
In a press statement, SECTION27 spokesperson, Nikki Stein, points out that, "We commend the department of basic education and the Limpopo department of education on their improvement in textbook delivery for the 2014 academic year."
Stein says the organisation used a sample of 80 schools in the area, and that all schools have confirmed delivery of textbooks.

Maths Centre: Mathematics Project Coordinators

The Maths Centre for Professional Teachers, popularly known as the ‘Maths Centre’, is a nonprofit organisation of excellence in mathematics, science, technology and entrepreneurship education, spread across all provinces. The primary objective of Maths Centre is to equip teachers, learners and parents with learning materials and programmes in order to develop a higher competency and performance.

Maths Centre seeks to appoint innovative, inspiring teacher trainer as Mathematics Project Coordinators, based in following provinces with travel in the country:

No Free Education, No Elections

Student leaders sidelined from the meeting on 14 January 2016 with Higher Education minister, Blade Nzimande, have vowed to continue protesting.

#FeesMustFall members in Johannesburg threatened there would be no local elections this year without the guarantee of free education.

Activist Busisiwe Seabe says that, “Free education is now a right. No free education, no elections."

To read the article titled, “No free education, no elections,” click here.

NGO Bemoans Lack of Resources in Rural Schools

Equal Education, a non-governmental organisation, says unless access to school resources improves in the rural areas, learners will continue to underperform.

Congratulating the class of 2015, Equal Education says the pass rates in the worst performing areas needed to be looked at in the context of high levels of inequality.

The organisation also calls on the results to be presented differently, looking at rural vs urban, township vs suburban, former white schools vs former black schools.

NSFAS to Fund 405 000 Students in 2016

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) says it plans to fund 405 000 students in 2016 alone.

NFSAS executive officer, Msulwana Daca, says they are committed to building “a robust and strong administrative system to give money to the students who are really in need.”

Close to R10 billion will be spent by NSFAS to assist students in 2016 and part of this amount, R1.4 billion, will be made available upfront for universities to help qualifying students who cannot afford registration fees.


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