Education

Starting in September Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lusufi, has announced
that his department will open a new school every week, until the end of the year. A
total of 17 schools will be opened over the period.

The Gauteng Department of Education is switching things up by changing the
focus areas to STEAM - Science, Technology, Entrepreneur, Arts and Maths -
as a guiding principle of the current curriculum.

Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has urged North
West youth to take their studies seriously as it will enable them to participate
in the running of the country.

President Jacob Zuma has assured the nation that government will continue
to invest in education and skills development as it forms the key to economic
growth and development.

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) congratulated Basic
Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Higher Education and Training
Minister Blade Nzimande on their re-appointment to Cabinet.

Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has called on all
South African based companies to prioritise education and development of
community infrastructure while at Uthando Primary school where she was
handing over five newly built classrooms.

A hybrid learning model better known as 'blended learning' will be needed to deliver
education across the country. Blended learning is an integrated approach to
education that combines traditional in-class face-to-face learning methods with online
activities.

Who is responsible for delivering high quality education in South Africa? According to Des Squire no single role-player in the education sector can take the blame or work alone to restore failing systems. Bringing quality education to SA requires a collaborative approach.

For many matriculants the period that follows graduation is often a disheartening time, leaving many hopefuls feeling utterly hopeless in the face of so many obstacles to obtaining a higher education. The National Applications Centre was founded to address some of these challenges.

Higher education institutions, inclusive of FET colleges,can at best accommodate around 100 000 new entrants per annum. With so many matriculants battling to secure a place in tertiary institutions investments into the South African higher education sector is of critical importance.

Lifelong learning is at the base of quality education and both learners and educators need to be engaged in this process. These were the sentiments of MerSeta CEO, Dr Raymond Patel during his address on quality learning and teaching.

South Africa will not be able to realise its development goals as long the majority of its children are excluded from accessing tertiary education said President Jacob Zuma, as he urged business leaders to pledge financial support to underprivileged children.

Implementing an effective ICT system which will promote access to education is easier said than done. While new technologies are available government must consider the practical implications of implementing these innovations in the South African economic and social context. This is according to Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize.

The Department of Basic Education has set aside a total of R8.4 billion to improve the infrastructure of various schools around the country, addressing issues which negatively affect learning such as no electricity, overcrowding and a shortage of teachers.

Despite President Jacob Zuma indicating that schooling should be obligatory, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has said that it remains a legal challenge to force offenders to attend school and in light of this situation authorities are now reviewing the SA Schools Act.

School disruptions and any attempts to sabotage the preliminary exams of Soweto learners would not be tolerated declared the Soweto Education Summit task team during a meeting arranged by the Gauteng Department of Education to discuss the recent disruptions.

With fewer than 50, 000 placements available at top universities across South Africa, students will have to face the sobering reality that a university degree might not be on the cards for 2011. However, experts advise that learners are missing a multitude of career opportunities by not considering vocational training study options.


Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has stressed the importance of education to a developing society, saying it does not only benefit an individual, but rather empowers the community.

Access to education has continued on its upward trend the 2009 General Household Survey (GHS) has found. Released by Statisitics South Africa (Stats SA), the survey which is designed to measure specific features of the living conditions of South African households found that the uptake of educational services and opportunities improved.

The Gauteng Education Department is inviting retired teachers and principals, who are interested in volunteering a portion of their time, to participate in a retired teachers? seminar.

President Jacob Zuma has announced new measures that will boost the country?s education system.

"As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, qualifications need to equip candidates for their chosen fields better than ever before," says Ian Yoell of Edexcel. Which is why, in this time of recession, government needs to ensure that local qualifications translate into better skilled, work-ready people.

In order to expand the economy of the North West, Premier Edna Molewa has focussed the provincial government?s attention on skills development. She said the opening of over 252 ABET centres between 2004 and 2008 formed part of their efforts towards attaining a 100 percent literacy rate in the province.

The burden of overcrowded classrooms will be eased in Mamelodi, with the building of a new school for the community. ArcelorMittal South Africa and the Department of Education have partnered to build 10 new schools throughout the country.

The SA education system has achieved a number of positive results in the last 14 years, but is still in a process of transition and suffering from a lack of resources and infrastructure, writes Gabi Khumalo. An OECD report has found that sustained strategic planning and resourcing and steady nerve policy makers were critical to ensure that the reform vision of government is realised.

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