SA schools to introduce Mandarin next year

South African state schools will introduce Mandarin lessons next year in a bid to bolster cultural relations with China, its largest trading partner, a government official said on Wednesday.

Basic Education spokesman Elijah Mhlanga told AFP that South Africa hopes … Read the rest

Battle lines drawn for Gauteng Afrikaans schools

The Gauteng Education Department’s decision to change single-medium Afrikaans schools into parallel-medium schools will be challenged in the Johannesburg High Court.

The Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools are calling for the preservation of Afrikaans as a language … Read the rest

DA wants to scrap Afrikaner school names in Western Cape

The Democratic Alliance wants to change the names of schools named after Afrikaner public figures in the past in the province it is currently ruling, the Western Cape. According to IOL, “This announcement was made by Education MEC Debbie Schäfer … Read the rest

Learning takes a backseat in Limpopo

Education facilities in Limpopo – including four schools – built at a cost of R143-million are standing empty and being vandalised despite a desperate need for proper infrastructure in the province.

The provincial department of education allocated R106-million for the … Read the rest

S. African school maths goes down even further

Matriculants who wrote maths, maths literacy and physical science did much worse than their peers in 2013, said monitoring body Umalusi on Wednesday.

Speaking from Pretoria today, Umalusi council chairperson John Volmink said the drop in mathematics results was due … Read the rest

Limpopo province has text books but some roofs are missing

Semaneng Secondary School in Limpopo has a damaged roof
Semaneng Secondary School in Limpopo has a damaged roof

Both pupils and and teachers in rural Limpopo say they are preparing for another year of so-called tree schools, pit toilets, overcrowding in classrooms without roofs and even snake bites, reports … Read the rest

Schools need to act against racism: NW premier

Thandi Modise, premier of  North West province
Thandi Modise, premier of North West province

Schools need to take firm action against the perpetrators of racism, North West premier Thandi Modise said on Monday.

“Incidents of racism such as the one reported (at Potchefstroom Gimnasium) undermine efforts of … Read the rest

1 274 ‘racist incidents’ in Scottish schools

Children in a Scottish school
Children in a Scottish school

There have been almost 1,300 racist incidents in Scottish schools in the past two years, according to figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats.

The party submitted Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to local councils and … Read the rest

Northern Cape schools yield drugs and weapons

daggaPolice have seized dangerous weapons and dagga in nine schools in Galeshewe, Kimberley, Northern Cape police said on Wednesday.

Raids were conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday at the request of school principals and parents of pupils of various schools, Lieutenant … Read the rest

Drugs sold to primary school children

Children as young as 12 are being sold drugs around school premises, Gauteng police commissioner Lt-Gen Mzwandile Petros said on Wednesday.

“I have met with primary school principals in some of our clusters regarding the drug problem. The situation is … Read the rest

Racial goals for maths and reading

The Florida State Board of Education passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading based upon their race.

On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent … Read the rest