Education

Education, best described as the process of imparting or receiving knowledge, is one of the highest priorities on the global agenda. Across the world, governments and organised groups are working to eradicate illiteracy in order to emancipate impoverished people groups. Education can take place in formal and informal settings, however, schools and learning institutions are the primary mediums through which people receive an education in modern society. Reading and writing are the foundations of formal education.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela.

The Mpumalanga Department of Education has set aside over R1 billion for infrastructure related to the sector.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the first batch of students to graduate from the University of Mpumalanga to be innovative and to create new opportunities for inclusive development.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) has retained its place in the top 100 business schools in the world for the 7th consecutive year and has been rated as the fastest growing business school globally in terms of growth in its revenues from customised programmes over the past three years.

 

 

Basic Education Deputy Minister Enver Surty says learner dropouts lead to the high number of young people not in employment, education or training.

With registrations for the new school year now open, thousands of parents are considering sending their children to private schools.

The Department of Higher Education and Training will this year address dysfunction within the examinations system and clear the certification backlog at TVET Colleges, Minister Blade Nzimande announced in parliament.

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has disputed rumours that he is planning to privatize or hand over the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to the bank.

With the academic year well underway, and the first tertiary exams looming for 2017’s rookie students, many of them are having to face up to the fact that things are not going as they imagined when they entered varsity at the beginning of the year, and the possibility that they may become a drop-out statistic.

Higher Education and Training Minister, Blade Nzimande has challenged campus managers in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges to deliver the same quality of teaching and learning, regardless of where the students study.

 

The biggest risks of the future of work in South Africa lies in the social paradigms and approaches to problem-solving, says Dr Morne Mostert, director of The Institute for Futures Research (IFR) at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB).

 

With a degree in Information Systems from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and several years’ experience as a software developer, project manager and management consultant, Rudzani Mulaudzi, 29, could easily have landed a big-paying corporate job.

Macquarie Graduate School of Management, IE Business School and Schulich School of Business are among the top business schools attending four events in four different cities across Africa between May 9 and May 15, 2017, as part of the QS World MBA Tour. 

What is the way forward for the South African education system? Government has set its sights on developing a fully functional public system but could private education be a viable option?

The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training has raised concerns about underfunding of the college sector, saying available funding is extremely inadequate.

The days in which a bachelor’s degree was enough to set up graduates for long and fulfilling careers are gone. Today’s careers are not only projected to be longer, as life expectancy increases, but career switching and having multiple vocations is also on the rise, as is the level of competition to find ways in which to stand out from the crowd.

The Gauteng Provincial Government says it had successfully processed beyond 150 000 applications for the 2018 school year registration, by lunch time, on Wednesday.

Despite legislation, community members are rarely consulted by mining companies that apply for mineral rights – with many applicants mistakenly believing consultation with traditional leaders alone is sufficient, a new study has found. This undermines the long-term sustainability of mining.

The online admission for Grades 1 and 8 for the 2018 academic year in Gauteng have officially started today, says the Gauteng Department of Education.

Stellenbosch University as it exists today was founded in 1918, but the institution's history dates back as far as the 17th century. The university campus spreads out across the town of Stellenbosch, just outside Cape Town.

If you're thinking of applying to Stellenbosch then this page has all the information you need! Read on to find out about application dates and how to apply.

Earlier this week we published an opinion piece titled "Crisis Point: Tertiary Education is Broken", about some of the problems facing universities in South Africa.

Yesterday (25 April 2017), I received an email from Sinenhlanhla Manana, who shared their story. See it below:

April is all about Freedom, celebrating the time that freedom came for all with the birth of the new South Africa, a place where all citizens are equals, and the end of a despotic government in which only some were free.

Tertiary education is broken. Universities as they currently exist and function cannot last much longer and nor should they. The dropout rate in South Africa's universities is high, while our graduation rate is low, far lower than the "ideal" rate of 25% set in the National Plan for Higher Education (Department of Education, 2001). This suggests that our tertiary education system is in crisis and needs a dramatic overhaul if it is to help shape the future of South Africa.

Business owners, senior managers and company executives need to prepare themselves for a bumpy second quarter in 2017, with the only certainty being that nobody really knows how much the downgrades by rating agencies and the weaker rand will impact on the economy.

The Government should as an interim intervention offer fully subsidised free university education, estimated to cost the state between R6.5 and R7.5 billion, for new 2017 university entrants.

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