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[BizTrends 2016] Five future developments in education
[BizTrends 2016] Five future developments in education

There is no doubt that there was an 'education spring' in South Africa with #feesmustfall dominating the headlines and social media in 2015, while - in response - the government and universities scrambled to open up access to tertiary education...

By Nicci Botha 18 Jan 2016

Girl power takes to space
Girl power takes to space

Africa's first privately owned satellite will be launched into the atmosphere later on in 2016, with a payload designed and built by South African schoolgirls...

By Nicci Botha 13 Jan 2016

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Making the grade

The 70% matric pass rate announced by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga sounds pretty impressive considering the class of 2015 is only the third to have transitioned the entire schooling system since 1994...

By Nicci Botha 8 Jan 2016

Education: which path should you take? - Monetary Library
Education: which path should you take?

Whether you want to become a supremo of leadership, a don of entrepreneurship or want to delve into the history of culture, there are plenty of educational roads for you to travel...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 7 Dec 2015

Mark Orpen
Accreditation is essential for quality assurance

The South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) is responsible for the quality control of education and training quality throughout South Africa, within in National Qualifications Framework (NQF)...

By Mark Orpen 17 Nov 2015

Professor Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of Free State
Transformation in an angry country

As many political commenters observed, the #feesmustfall campaign was far more than a protest about an increase in tuition fees. It highlighted a far greater dissatisfaction at lack of transformation in the country after 21 years of democracy...

By Nicci Botha 10 Nov 2015

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Our graduates

Last week Bizcommunity researched the impact of #feesmustfall through Panel Service Africa's TellUsAboutIt. This week, SA Marketing Magazine looks at what happens to the produce of our universities, how this has increased over time, what jobs they do, and whether they're employed...

By Erik du Plessis and Neil Higgs 3 Nov 2015

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Four steps to dealing with academic call centres at crunch time

Without doubt, South Africa's academic institutions are following the global trend toward digitisation - and as such are becoming increasingly sophisticated and streamlined in their offering...

By Bruce von Maltitz 29 Oct 2015

Transformation at Stellenbosch: What the future holds
Transformation at Stellenbosch: What the future holds

Transformation at universities - or lack thereof - has been hitting the headlines in recent months, with the call from various bodies for change in the country's venerated institutions of higher learning...

By Nicci Botha 6 Oct 2015

Angie's ANAs lack valid value proposition
Angie's ANAs lack valid value proposition

Using ANA information available via mainstream media, I employed several models to test the validity of the programme's value proposition and came to the conclusion that: ANAs have no valid value proposition...

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 5 Oct 2015

Your consumer is better educated now, and expects more from life
Your consumer is better educated now, and expects more from life

It was banned by the National Party in 1980. It was the number one song on the UK, USA and other hit parades in 1979. It was the ANC Youth League's battle song. It is remembered as "We don't need no education"...

By Erik du Plessis and Neil Higgs 8 Sep 2015

Jackie Carroll
Adult matric opens up employment opportunities

Today, 8 September 2015, is International Literacy Day and it is a good time to reflect on the value the adult matric will bring to a society, where only 28 out of a 100 school entrants achieve matric...

By Jackie Carroll 7 Sep 2015

Fighting digital colonialism, Q&A with Elizabeth Gould
Fighting digital colonialism, Q&A with Elizabeth Gould

The V&A Waterfront recently launched Workshop17, a multi-use innovation hub in support of start-ups, companies and initiatives working towards a better future...

By Cari Van Wyk 1 Sep 2015

[SA Innovation Summit] Reimagining the future
[SA Innovation Summit] Reimagining the future

"It ain't about us, it's about creating a space for our children to flourish. We have a responsibility to the future," says Gavin Mageni, Head of the SABS Design Institute...

By Nicci Botha 27 Aug 2015

[SA Innovation Summit] Emerging companies insights: Where do we stand?
[SA Innovation Summit] Emerging companies insights: Where do we stand?

In a good news, bad news scenario, people would rather hear the bad news first. And in the case of emerging entrepreneurial businesses in South Africa, local is not so lekker, say Maija de Riijk-Uys and Alexandra Fraser of PwC Accelerator and Silicon Cape respectively...

By Nicci Botha 27 Aug 2015

[SA Innovation Summit] The business of disruption
[SA Innovation Summit] The business of disruption

We're facing a brave new world, where disruption technology and e-commerce are forcing traditional industries to re-examine their take on doing business to include innovative solution-based thinking if they want to stay in the game...

By Nicci Botha 26 Aug 2015

Jackie Carroll
Do your homework before contracting training suppliers

Underlining the dire state of further education and training in South Africa is a story on the Mail & Guardian website, 'Limpopo youth lose out after R28m skills project grinds to halt'...

By Jackie Carroll 11 Aug 2015

The real issue behind youth unemployment in SA
The real issue behind youth unemployment in SA

Earlier this year, Business Day put the spotlight on the gravity of South Africa's unemployment problem. It's worse than it seems...

By Antoinette Pombo 9 Jun 2015

Schools can help in transformation of SA from "rainboo" to rainbow nation
Schools can help in transformation of SA from "rainboo" to rainbow nation

Nelson Mandela stated during the Rivonia Trial, 1964 that, "I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realised. But my Lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 5 Jun 2015

Educational reform for the social media age
Educational reform for the social media age

Is the current system in sync with today's reality? How can education stakeholders harness the power of social networks to deliver on the promise of a quality education?

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 4 Jun 2015

Five for a chain reaction
Five for a chain reaction

As individuals experience the rewards of helping someone, they improve the communities they live and work in with a huge multiplier effect...

By Jessica Taylor 28 May 2015

Code word for the future
Code word for the future

Almost every child comes into contact everyday with some form of the digitised world, whether it is watching their parents swipe their credit card for a purchase in the supermarket or even watching them on their cellphones...

By Alta Greeff 27 May 2015

Failed: South Africa needs to invest in STEM
Failed: South Africa needs to invest in STEM

In October 2014, Adrian Schofield, Manager for Applied Research Unit of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) told Fin24 that a lack of improvement in South Africa's basic education system is putting the country at risk...

By John Eigelaar 14 May 2015

Partnerships can rectify school sanitation horrors
Partnerships can rectify school sanitation horrors

A recent exposé published in a South African daily newspaper and featured on the front page as "School Toilets of Shame", revealed the horrific truth about sanitation in Gauteng schools - in most cases there isn't any...

By Peter Cowan 2 Apr 2015

The future of mobile exam preparation, Q&A with George Burgess
The future of mobile exam preparation, Q&A with George Burgess

Inspired by the global mindset of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs while at Stanford, Burgess explains what Gojimo means for the industry, and why SA...

By Jessica Taylor 2 Apr 2015

The human right to a relevant education
The human right to a relevant education

Human Rights Day, 21 March serves as a reminder of past injustices and our achievements in working towards an equal society. The right to education is the key to the improvement of people's lives, no matter what life stage they are in...

By Jackie Carroll 17 Mar 2015

Individualisation, diversity sets education providers apart
Individualisation, diversity sets education providers apart

Digital technologies including cloud computing, mobile devices and the Internet have the potential to transform the content offerings of schools and universities. Education institutions are no longer limited to the usual subjects of maths, science and languages. They now have an opportunity to diversify their subject and course offerings to include unconventional choices such as aviation, catering, music, ballet and anything else in their curriculums...

By Murray de Villiers 10 Mar 2015

Why focusing on matric results isn't the solution to SA's education woes
Why focusing on matric results isn't the solution to SA's education woes

When interventions made to raise the levels of mathematics skills and knowledge among South African learners fail to bear fruit, it's understandable that many are quick to feel that we are in a state of crisis...

By Christina Watson 9 Mar 2015

Platform thinking is not a pipe dream; what SA can learn from Google
Platform thinking is not a pipe dream; what SA can learn from Google

Treat learners like platforms that can grow in intellectual potency to levels never imagined possible as opposed to pipes that are bounded by their very nature...

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 25 Feb 2015

Throwing laptops at schools won't solve the maths problem
Throwing laptops at schools won't solve the maths problem

Private-public partnerships have seen technology arriving in classrooms at an unprecedented rate which surpasses the user's rate of ICT skills acquisition. The burning question now is how to maximize the return on investment in educational technology as an enhancing tool for learning...

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 19 Feb 2015

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