Last year, South African primary children in no-fee schools learned 50-75% less than they’d usually learn, according to the National Income Dynamics Study Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Study (Nids-Cram). And that’s in a country where prior to Covid-19, the learning gaps were immense. Now, collaboration is needed to help turn the situation around and give the country’s biggest and often most overlooked asset – our children – a strong educational start. Corporates can play a major role in this.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.



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