DBE sets record straight on 20% Maths pass reports
DBE sets record straight on 20% Maths pass reports

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has set the record straight on inaccurate media reports that claim the Maths pass mark has been dropped to 20%.

1 day ago

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Van Schaik Bookstore to launch rewards app

Van Schaik Bookstore has announced it will launch a lock screen replacement android app that has been integrated with the Van Schaik Rewards loyalty programme. Aimed mainly at students studying at tertiary education institutions around South Africa, the app enables students to earn virtual rands and benefit from other deals in an almost passive manner.

1 day ago

Using Minecraft to inspire interest in computer science
Using Minecraft to inspire interest in computer science

Computer science remains one of the most exciting, transformative and lucrative careers for the youth to embark upon, but is still underrepresented in terms of race and female developers. Code.org is an NGO on a mission to change this through their annual global campaign entitled Hour of Code, through which the company partners with organisations around the globe in an effort to expand access to computer science to women and underrepresented minorities.

1 day ago

Circular to address poor learner performance
Circular to address poor learner performance

The Department of Basic Education has released a circular to address concerns regarding the extremely poor performance of Senior Phase learners due to the compulsory requirement of learners having to pass Mathematics at 40%.

2 days ago

How creativity can help students create flexible careers
How creativity can help students create flexible careers

What do employers really want when they ask you questions about your ability to think laterally? In today's competitive marketplace, the need to continuously innovate is integral and lateral thinkers are more valued than ever before. With creativity and innovative thinking both fitting into the lateral thinking cap, it's important to note how many fields now require this kind of expertise from young professionals in order to arrive at ideas that promote development to feed the continuous cycle of business growth.

By Samantha van Zyl 2 days ago

Educating for good governance
Educating for good governance

Research indicates that there is a strong correlation between education and governance. There are multiple relationships between education and good governance and they are cyclical and mutually reinforcing. Of particular interest are the characteristics of education systems and the content of education, which may mediate the effects of education on governance. Within this context the nature of both the structure of education systems and content of teaching and learning are critical. In particular, education that is socially inclusive and relevant has a positive effect on governance, while education that alienates or marginalises individuals or lacks relevance to the aspirations and possible livelihoods of people may have negative effects on governance. For example, the content and skills about which a citizenry is empowered through education will determine how it has an effect on governance.

By Ridwaan Asvat, Issued by Regent Business School 3 days ago

College vocational training plan may fail because of lack of money: Nzimande
College vocational training plan may fail because of lack of money: Nzimande

The government's plan to boost enrolments in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges is likely to fail because of lack of funding, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has warned.

By Bekezela Phakathi 6 Dec 2016

Umalusi retains language compensation for matric learners
Umalusi retains language compensation for matric learners

The Umalusi Council has made a determination to retain language compensation at 3% for learners who study through the medium of English as a second language in Grade 12 from 2016 until 2022.

6 Dec 2016

State welches on Wits
State welches on Wits

Wits University has increased its fees by 8% because it had been left in the lurch by the government, which had short-changed it by R54-million.

By Jan Bornman and Shenaaz Jamal 6 Dec 2016

What is really the most important part of a training system?
What is really the most important part of a training system?

"Anyway," John Wilber, founder of Bytronic International told me, "the course material is the most important part." Really?! I was standing in front of a half a million rands' worth of complex process simulation equipment and he expected me to believe that a 50-page pack of experiment worksheets was the most important part?

By Peter Horszowski, Issued by Pert Industrials 6 Dec 2016

FEM invests R750 million in education
FEM invests R750 million in education

In an effort to contribute to the education system, the Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (FEM) has established the R750 million FEM Education Foundation. The first initiative is to partner with Make A Difference (MAD) Leadership Foundation to launch the FEM Scholarship Programme.

5 Dec 2016