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Thursday, 11 April, 2019
Quote of the week
""Education must be about producing nuclear physicists, pilots, car manufacturers and engineers — indispensable qualifications that will help usher South Africa into the competitive world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.""
- Makubetse Sekhonyane - director in the Gauteng education department
Comment of the week
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Gauteng’s Education Inequality & Personal Data and Privacy
What evidence is there that smart classrooms, schools of specialisation, twinning of schools and SSIP are reducing inequality? Although it may be early days to fully evaluate the impact of these interventions, the 2018 matric results provide evidence that these interventions work and will continue to produce results.
The unequal distribution of resources is of great concern for the department. It has implications across various schooling aspects. Schools with fewer resources are not able to recruit quality teachers. Libraries are not fully supplied and laboratories are ill-equipped. This affects the education outcomes.
The Gauteng education department has launched several interventions to address levels of inequality. It is important to note that interventions in the province started in 1994 and will continue. In the past five years, the department introduced further interventions over and above those contained in the review.
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I'm not saying this as a scare tactic. Rather, it's a reality of the world in which we live, where almost any service we use runs on our personal data.
There is a due call for more accountability from businesses and governments on how personal data is used, which has led to laws like POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act) and GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).
But the regulations can only go so far, and it's important for consumers to understand and take control of their personal data.
I've already written about the basics of data privacy for businesses, but what exactly do the rest of us need to know?
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