DA wants failed US policy on education to help SA

educationEconomic exclusion of blacks must first be addressed in the classroom and thereafter in the boardroom.

This is the view of the DA, which yesterday released a discussion document on black economic empowerment and equality in education.

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‘Absent teachers beware’

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu yesterday called on the Public Service Commission to increase the number of unannounced inspections of public schools and other education facilities.

The Public Service minister said she was worried about the statistics from the Human Sciences Research … Read the rest

‘Science will solve apartheid problems’

Problems inherited from the apartheid era can be solved through research, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said – without irony – on Saturday, as South Africa struggles with ever worsening maths en science results since 1994.

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Obama speaks to African youth from Soweto via video link

by Shabtai Gold

US President Barack Obama was met Saturday with songs, cheers and laughter from young South Africans at a university in the Soweto area of Johannesburg.

Before he entered the room, the crowd sang songs from the struggle … Read the rest

Second last in the world, SA’s maths and science

South Africa’s maths and science education has been ranked second last in the world, ahead of Yemen, according to a World Economic Forum report.

The quality of the country’s general education system ranked 140 out of 144 countries, while internet … Read the rest

More back to apartheid education: teacher training colleges to reopen

Plans to re-introduce teacher training colleges were underway with one former college scheduled to re-open next week, Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande said on Thursday.

Speaking at a New Age business briefing in Johannesburg, he said the first school

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Maths and science ‘too hard’

The steady decline over the past five years in the number of matric pupils studying science has education experts worried.

The number of pupils studying science fell from 229934 in 2008 to 182083 this year.

Though there has been a … Read the rest

When does affirmative action reach ‘critical mass’?

AUSTIN, Texas — Walking across the South Mall, or scanning the football stadium’s 100,000 seats on game day, University of Texas admissions Director Kedra Ishop sees how much has changed since the 1990s, when she was a black student at

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Emphasis on affirmative action must shift to education

The Freedom Front has in reaction to research undertaken by the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), which indicates that there is a correlation between the employment of an individual and the individual’s level of education, regardless of race, … Read the rest

Nadine Gordimer describes South African education system as a ‘wreck’

Nobel literature prize winner Nadine Gordimer poured scorn on South Africa’s education system on Tuesday as “a wreck” over the failure to deliver textbooks to thousands of public schools.

The scandal has caused a national furore after leaving more than … Read the rest

South African Education Department ‘burns textbooks’

Thousands of burnt textbooks have been found in a warehouse in Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape, the DA said on Monday.

“We have written to MEC Mandla Makupula demanding an explanation as to how valuable public resources for Eastern … Read the rest