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Education NGO Takes on Minister

Equal Education says pupils at public schools should be guaranteed minimum standards of education.

In a press statement, the organisation says that it is taking legal action against Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, to compel her to put into practice basic "norms and standards" for all pupils in public schools.

It maintains: “Motshekga’s argument against implementing norms and standards is based on a misconception of the right to basic education."

NGO Threatens to Sue Dept Over Textbooks

Civil rights NGO, SECTION27, is considering taking the Department of Basic Education to court for the non-delivery of textbooks in some schools in Limpopo.

SECTION27 lawyer, Nikki Stein, is accusing the department for ignoring a court order to deliver textbooks, after the North Gauteng High Court ruled in May that the department will have to provide textbooks to Limpopo schools by 27 June 2012.

The organisation will in the meantime assess the situation in Limpopo, while it considers taking legal action against the department.

Govt Slams SECTION27 Over Textbook Saga

The Department of Basic Education is accusing civil rights NGO, SECTION27, of acting like a ‘political party’.

This comes after SECTION27 announced that it is considering taking the department to court again, for failing to deliver textbooks on time in some schools in Limpopo.

The organisation, which says it has contacted 14 schools which are yet to receive textbooks, describes the delay as ‘unacceptable’ since it denies children their basic right to education.

SACP Calls NGOs ‘Modern Day Detractors’

The South African Communist Party (SACP) says it will not abandon the African National Congress (ANC) despite increasing criticism about their relationship.

SACP general secretary, Blade Nzimande, argues that, “Our modern day detractors, from the comfort zone of their foreign-funded NGOs and academic institutions, criticise our principled alliance with the ANC.”

Motshekga to Hold Talks Over Textbook Saga

President Jacob Zuma says the government will not take ‘hasty’ action against Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, following the textbooks crisis.

Meanwhile, Motshekga announced that she will hold meetings with Limpopo Education MEC, Dickson Masemola, teachers union and principals.

The meeting will focus on preparations for next year's academic calendar including the acquisition of textbooks and teacher allocation.

Learners Fail Exams Due to Lack of Textbooks

Despite claims by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, that the media have overplayed the textbook scandal, a report shows 70 percent of Grade 10 pupils in 25 Limpopo schools failed their June exams.

According to a report in the Sunday Times, Henry Raedani, principal at Azwifarwi Secondary School, was quoted as saying, "Teachers are willing to assist, even over weekends, but we don't have any money to pay them."

Framework to Promote Teaching Methods

Educational institutions around the world have signed up to a framework for promoting teaching methods that help students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to build a more sustainable society.

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative for Rio+20 was launched during a side event at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (DSED) in Brazil.

Centre to Boost Maths, Science Teachers

Vodacom has launched an information communications technology (ICT) centre that makes educational resources available through cloud computing.

Through the centre, teachers in underperforming schools in Gauteng will be given an opportunity to upgrade their mathematics and science teaching skills.

Speaking at the launch, Gauteng education MEC, Barbara Creecy, said at the launch that despite teachers often being ‘intimidated’ by technology, ICT resources offer an opportunity to improve the teaching of mathematics and science.

Laptops for Teachers Round 2

Government will again start rolling out laptops to teachers after its previous attempt stalled over funding.

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, points out that, "Implementation of the Teacher Laptop Initiative is back on track with more teachers enabled to access this resource."

Motshekga says the department has developed, together with the Department of Communications, a cost-effect connectivity plan for all schools, the first phase of which would be rolled out to 1 650 schools.

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