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SOUTH AFRICA

May the 4th industrial revolution leave no child behind - Part 2
May the 4th industrial revolution leave no child behind - Part 2

Judging by the recent establishment of the Presidential 4IR commission and various government initiatives to engage with foreign investment, the public and private sector, it is quite obvious that the future of South Africa's socio-economic landscape will be highly influenced by this wave...

By Chumisa Ndlazi 9 May 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

May the 4th industrial revolution leave no child behind - Part 1
May the 4th industrial revolution leave no child behind - Part 1

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending 23rd annual SciFest Africa Festival. While engaging with the students, I noticed that there's a difference between learners who were in the private school system, former model c and the township/rural public school system and I wondered, during these exciting times of 4IR, who would get the short end of the stick...?

By Chumisa Ndlazi 30 Apr 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

The many wrongs of the right to education
The many wrongs of the right to education

Human Rights Day offers us the chance to assess the Constitution, and an evaluation of the Constitution's right to education reveals stark results. It is a difficult report card to read...

By Jackie Carroll 20 Mar 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

Unhappy with your matric results? Here's what you can do
Unhappy with your matric results? Here's what you can do

The final results of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations a critical time in learners' lives as a matric certificate has become a basic requirement for getting a job in South Africa...

By Jackie Carroll 8 Jan 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

High school kickstarz learn to shine with financial literacy programme
High school kickstarz learn to shine with financial literacy programme

The winners of the Metropolitan Kickstarz programme at the Cape's Soneike High School were named on Friday, following the Grade 11 finalists presentations of their projects...

By Shan Radcliffe 4 May 2018

NIGERIA

How this unfunded ed-tech startup quietly conquered Nigeria
How this unfunded ed-tech startup quietly conquered Nigeria

The ed-tech space across Africa is one of great potential, and we regularly hear about innovative startups building solutions tackling educational issues across a variety of countries on the continent...

By Tom Jackson 4 May 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Why STEM is nothing without a flower...
Why STEM is nothing without a flower...

A major emphasis has been placed on the education of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in recent years, while creativity and the Arts have been all but completely forgotten. Curro Holdings is looking to change that with CurroCreate - an initiative launched in partnership with Wordsmith's Theatre Factory...

By Shan Radcliffe 26 Apr 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

#StartupStory: Cognition - the Uber of tutoring
#StartupStory: Cognition - the Uber of tutoring

Private tutoring is in great demand, but many believe it's unaffordable. This is where Cognition.Online's tailored tutoring platform comes in - offering options to suit everyone's pocket...

By Shan Radcliffe 19 Mar 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

The future of our nation lies in education
The future of our nation lies in education

Independent schooling is breathing new life into South Africa's stagnant education system. Future Nations Schools is one of these groups who are seeking to change the way we think about school and the way our children learn...

By Shan Radcliffe 31 Jan 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Going Mad about education with Francois Pienaar
Going Mad about education with Francois Pienaar

Francois Pienaar has been a household name in South Africa for over 20 years. So what does a former Springbok captain do once he leaves the stadium and hangs up his national rugby boots for good? Why, he goes Mad and inspires new generations of learners and leaders, that's what...

By Shan Radcliffe 29 Sep 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#InnovationMonth: Kickstarting a love of science
#InnovationMonth: Kickstarting a love of science

Bathabile Mpofu, co-founder and MD of Nkazimulo Applied Sciences, believes that true innovation comes from the access of existing knowledge...

By Shan Radcliffe 26 Sep 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#WomensMonth: Illiteracy rates among women are falling: why isn't this good news?
#WomensMonth: Illiteracy rates among women are falling: why isn't this good news?

Functional illiteracy rates in South Africans over the age of 20 are on the decline. But, this doesn't necessarily point to either a satisfactory education system or an equitable employment environment...

By Jackie Carroll 10 Aug 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#YouthMonth: Some are old, some are new, some are business, some are youth
#YouthMonth: Some are old, some are new, some are business, some are youth

Educational success has always relied on two factors - the students' willingness to learn, and a teacher's ability to teach. The art of teaching, however, is multi-faceted and it's a continual process - something ORT SA understands all too well, as it looks to provide and support education at a variety of levels...

By Shan Radcliffe 29 Jun 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#YouthMonth: Teaching our children to love themselves
#YouthMonth: Teaching our children to love themselves

Writer, entrepreneur and mother, Anita Telle believes the greatest lesson we can teach our children is how to accept and love themselves, and has written a few books to help us do so...

By Shan Radcliffe 9 Jun 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#AfricaMonth: Bridging the education gap with learner-created content
#AfricaMonth: Bridging the education gap with learner-created content

Presto Academy was born from two university students' recognition of their peers struggle to make the transition between high school and varsity, and their willingness to help them...

By Shan Radcliffe 31 May 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Boris Dzhingarov
Classroom essentials necessary for English teachers

Whether highly experienced or just making the first steps as a novice teacher, you need to be aware of the classroom essentials that are needed to offer a really great learning experience to all the students that attend...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 27 Jan 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Boris Dzhingarov
Starting young: How early education shapes entrepreneurs

Parents currently wondering where their little ones will learn their ABCs may not realise just how much of a determinant the style of that education plays in their children's career trajectory...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 30 Sep 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

Nick Dreyer
ExpoRSA curating valuable learning experiences

Following a visit to the Power of Poison exhibition, we wanted to know more about ExpoRSA and the exhibitions they bring to our country from Nick Dreyer, director of ExpoRSA...

By Cari Coetzee 3 May 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

Making the grade
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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

SA afflicted by maths anxiety
SA afflicted by maths anxiety

Mathematical anxiety is one of the diseases that have surely spread through the human race without being detected and treated as a pandemic...

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 10 Feb 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

Maths not SA's innovation holy grail
Maths not SA's innovation holy grail

Mathematics' contribution to the country's innovation process has been overrated as it is only a part of the process...

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 9 Feb 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

Matric results: Learner retention should be at forefront
Matric results: Learner retention should be at forefront

On Monday, 5 January 2015, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the 2014 National Senior Certificate (NSC) results for the country and the provinces. The results were received with mixed feelings and in the spotlight was the national retention rate...

By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo 29 Jan 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

Source: The Nation Brand Molecule found in Rojas-Méndez (2013: 466)
South Africa's education system critical to our competitiveness

The nation brand is an extremely complex concept. I recently found a diagrammatic representation in a paper entitled the Nation Brand Molecule which illustrates exactly how complex this concept is...

By Miller Matola 22 Jan 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

Mautji Pataki
Teaching should be a response to 'the calling'

There are significant role players and members of society who have the power and influence to assist in changing the stereotype around teachers and the profession.

By Mautji Pataki 7 Nov 2014

SOUTH AFRICA

Private service providers linked to increased funding for primary schools
Private service providers linked to increased funding for primary schools

In January 2014, it was announced that the amended national norms and standards for school funding had been gazetted and implemented. The funding policy details how much government money each public school will receive - depending on their rankings.

By Genevieve Allen 9 May 2014

SOUTH AFRICA

Brett Lindsay
Touch: Even rural learners understand it

In the race to educate South Africa's emerging youth population, touch based platforms may be the most effective solution.

By Brett Lindsay 22 Aug 2013

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