SA Leads Neighbours on Absentee Teachers

University of Stellenbosch researcher, Nick Spaull, says teacher absenteeism in South Africa is twice as high as that of Namibia and Botswana, and three times higher than Mozambique’s.

In a policy brief this week, Spaull, points out that this chronic absenteeism is partly to blame for South African children’s poor performance in subjects such as mathematics and literacy compared to their mostly poorer neighbours.

Mputhi’s Dedication Helps Children Read

A dream to help children learn to read has been motivating Julia Mputhi, founder of Kids EduCare, for the past 21 years.

Mphuti, who recognised the need for someone to look after children who wandered aimlessly about the streets in her neighbourhood, has given her time, energy and her heart to her creche, often funding its activities with her own money.

In 2006 fate smiled on her and as part of a lotteries-funded Early Childhood Development (ECD) project run by READ Educational Trust, she received training as a caregiver, which earned her NQF Level 1 certificate.

Sex Education Recommended for Primary Schools

Experts in education, children’s rights and HIV/AIDS say primary school pupils are far more willing to talk about the risks and role of sex in their communities than adults realised.

They believe that statistics such as the 24.4 percent pregnancy rate among girls in grades 8-11 shown by the 2008 South African National Youth at Risk Survey, are a reason for schools to tackle the issue.

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.

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."

Creating Wealth Through Indigenous Languages

Attempts to break the cycle of intergenerational transmitted poverty will never be successful as long as we disregard or underestimate the role and impact of indigenous languages in the educational, economic, social and cultural sectors of any society. These sectors often remain inaccessible to communities if they have to access it through a foreign language only or when products and services are only available in a foreign language. This is not only disempowering, but it entrenches the myth that indigenous languages are of lesser value.

South African Education is Doomed until Teachers are Taught

The Minister of Basic Education’s statement on the review of the national curriculum (6 July 2010) highlights the fact that no curriculum can be static. The curriculum should meet the present and potential needs of the country and it has been widely acknowledged there are some glaring gaps in the curriculum which needed to be addressed in order for learners to progress from the General Education and Training (GET) to the Further Education and Training (FET) phase smoothly.

New Curriculum to Replace OBE

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, will announce a new education curriculum that will replace the widely criticised Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) system.

The new curriculum, to be known as ‘Schooling 2025’, comes after years of criticism by teachers and education experts, who blamed the poor quality of education on the OBE, which was introduced by the then minister, Kader Asmal in 1998. .
Motshekga’s advisor and spokesperson, Panyaza Lesufi, confirmed that a decision on OBE will be made, but refused to expand on what will replace it.


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