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Maths Centre: Human Resources Administrator

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 a Human Resources (HR) Administrator, based in Joahnnesburg.

Deadline for Motshekga’s Agreement Extended

Equal Education has given Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, until close of business on 17 May 2013 to agree to a month's extension to publish the norms and standards plan.
 
Equal Education has agreed with ‘great reluctance’ to the basic education minister's request for an extension to finally publish the highly contested and long-awaited norms and standards for school infrastructure.
 

Some Schools Still Without Textbooks

Rights group, SECTION27, says there is still some schools without textbooks in Limpopo.

SECTION27 spokesperson, Nikki Stein, says that, “What worries us is also the fact that we have been flooded with phone calls this morning from schools to report textbooks shortages.”

Stein states that the callers asked SECTION27 not to give their names to the Department of Education because they have been intimidated, threatened and told that if they do report their textbook shortages, disciplinary steps may be taken against them.

Maths Centre: Numeracy Project Coordinator

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 a Numeracy Project Coordinator, based in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.

This is a one-year fixed term contract with possibilities of extension.

iSchoolAfrica Takes the StopRape Campaign to Schools

The Department of Basic Education and LEAD SA have announced a major initiative to raise rape awareness and educate the 10.2 million learners in South African schools.
 
Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, points out that, “The collective rage in the country had to be turned into tangible action.”
 
Minister Motshekga appeals to learners to report any form of abuse from anyone to the authorities.
 

Call for Action on Learner/Teacher Rape Cases

Human rights organisation, SECTION27, has called on provincial education departments to help them with rape cases between teachers and learners.

SECTION27 attorney, Nikkie Steyn, says they have been struggling to get some provincial departments on board to help with these cases, adding that in some instances learners stay away from school because they fear being in contact with teachers who raped them.

The Right to Education, School Governing Bodies and Official Languages: What is in the Best Interest of Our Children?

Two matters currently serving before our Courts will be pivotal for South African education, school governing bodies (SGBs) as well as public single-medium schools. Both matters rest upon the question of who has the final say in determining language and admissions policy in South Africa’s public schools: schools and their SGB’s or provincial departments of education?

Cotlands Advocates for the Essential Right to Education

Earlier this month, the ruling African National Congress and teacher unions butted heads over education as an essential service. While both make strong arguments it is often in debating education policies that we tend to forget the most important players in education are the children, and in order to correct our past mistakes we need to get back to basics, the basics being early childhood development.

It is estimated that over 83 percent of children in South Africa do not access any form of structured early childhood learning.

Poverty No Barrier for Christel House Matrics

One Western Cape school, Christel House South Africa, is trouncing national averages with its matric results and proving that poverty does not have to be an obstacle for South Africa’s children.

The school for disadvantaged children in Ottery, whose students come from below the poverty line, turned in a near perfect pass rate of 97 percent, 21 percent above the national average - they also achieved an 84 percent pass rate for mathematics, an area that continues to struggle nationally, as the 54 percent pass rate shows.

Considering Class Size and Student Achievement

Worldwide, average class size and student-teacher ratio are considered carefully by parents selecting schools for their children, while education experts consider them critically when evaluating a healthy education system. In South Africa, class size is often cited as a cause of poor learning outcomes.

But, points out Tshikululu Social Investment’s Joyce Wanjogu, researchers have not agreed on the optimal student-teacher ratio and class size, and there is no clear indication in the literature as to what number actually constitutes a large class or a small class.

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