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.

To become an inspired entrepreneur you have to discover who you are beyond your fears, says international author Nick Williams, who hosted a special workshop at the UCT GSB. "Once you?ve discovered the work you love, the work you were born to do, it is likely you will also feel a call to become more entrepreneurial and even start your own business around it".

Education Minister Naledi Pandor will release the literacy and numeracy learner achievement results from the Systemic Evaluation Survey conducted at the Foundation Phase in 2007.
The baseline measures at grades three and six were established in 2001 and 2004.
This is after the department conducted the second cycle of Systemic Evaluations at the Grade three levels in October 2007, with technical support from an independent agency, JET Educational Services,

The 2008 matric examinations kicked off without any hiccups on Monday morning, with the Grade 12?s saying the English paper 1 exam had not been to tough. Most pupils from schools around Pretoria said they were confident they had done well in the examination.

Educators must find multiple ways of exposing learners with disabilities to opportunities that will help them demonstrate their full potential, says Minister in the Presidency, Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.
Speaking during her visit to the two schools that cater for learners with disabilities in Soshanguve, the minister urged educators to move beyond merely teaching children daily living skills and crafts.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor and 23 public higher education institutions have adopted a policy which will guide schools and tertiary institutions to improve their current HIV/AIDS prevention programmes. Minister Pandor said South Africa was a country with one of the highest HIV and AIDS rates, and therefore there was a need to support those infected and affected by the disease.

All Grade 12 pupils will sit for the first nationally-set National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination today. Matrics will write the two-hour English Paper 1 exam at 9am and the three-hour Computer Application Technology Theory exam will be written at 2pm.

The National Teaching Awards have been presented at a ceremony at the Presidential Guest House that was attended by President Kgalema Motlanthe and Minister of Education Naledi Pandor. Principal of Wendywood Primary School Principal Heather Smith scooped the Lifetime Achievement Award.

After year-long preparations, the 2008 matric examination kicked off on Wednesday morning. A total of 13 non-official languages and practical subjects are to be written throughout the week.

The Shuttleworth Foundation will keep a close eye on the decisions of publishing giant, Pearson PLC, as it restructures its Maskew Miller Longman Holdings publishing house in South Africa.
Pearson PLC has recently announced that it is increasing its stake in Maskew Miller Longman Holdings, which is also owned by Harcourt Education, and that it is restructuring its local business operations.

State oil and gas company PetroSA has opened a multi-million rand maths and science academy to help learners from disadvantaged high schools pass maths and science.

The R1.2 million a year academy will benefit about 300 learners from five disadvantaged high schools in the southern Cape area.

The Gauteng Education Department will be honouring about 2 000 teachers for their contribution in the development of education at a sports and cultural event.

The event, which will be held at the University of Johannesburg, also marks the end of World Teacher?s Month.

Education is one area that entrepreneurial skills can be acquired most effectively and it is here that TSiBA Education is making ground-breaking success through its Entrepreneurship Centre. Their business degree enables students from disadvantaged backgrounds to make practical use of their business theory.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) has become one of the first business schools in South Africa to launch a blogging platform that will enable some of the world?s leading business and leadership experts at the School to interact with businesspeople online.

The Department of Education is finalising preparations towards the matric examinations, saying the exams would be administered with reliability and credibility

Prisoners at the Ekuseni Youth Correctional Centre have been urged to use the learning programmes at the centre to better themselves so they can walk out of the facility with a bright future ahead of them.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor has warned principals of underperforming schools that they would be removed and sent to attend leadership and skills courses. "If the principal fails to improve the school?s performance he or she would be removed and sent to leadership skills [courses] and a new person will take over,' the Minister said.

Grade 9?s in schools across the country will soon have to write an exam to test whether or not they are ready to enter their final matric year. The General Education Certificate (GEC), which will help schools assess the readiness of Grade 9 learners to enter matric, is to be introduced from next year.

Its all systems go for the start of the matric exams this week, and Education Minister Naledi Pandor says she?s confident that learners, schools and teachers alike are all ready. "I have absolute confidence that the teachers and the learners will be ready for the exams," the minister said.

Cabinet Ministers have wished all learners who will be sitting for their exams, especially Grade 12s, the best of luck in their forth-coming examinations. Cabinet said the whole country must express and show gratitude to the thousands of teachers who have given their very best to ensure that the learners are ready and well prepared to enter the examination rooms.

New world university rankings show regional discrepancies by subject area
The THE-QS World University Rankings, the definitive review of the top universities around the globe, show major differences by region in the five key subject areas. The rankings, which focus heavily on the opinions of thousands of international academics and recruiters, have become the most relied-upon university grading system in the world, used by governments, academic institutions, journalists and students in every corner of the globe.

The new edition of the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings 2008 indicates an increasing acceptance of the importance of these rankings by the international higher education community and those that employ graduates from the top universities in the world.

The Gauteng Department of Education is confident it will deliver quality matric examinations.

Briefing the media on the province?s state of readiness for the examination which kicks off next week, Education MEC Angie Motshekga said the province was confident that its systems, procedures and processes were ready to conduct successful National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the world?s leading career and education intelligence provider, has created a preliminary university ranking technology, known as SAFE (System, Access, Flagship, Economics). It is the first attempt worldwide to compare entire national higher education systems, rather than individual institutions.

Schools in the deep rural areas of Vuwani with little or no science infrastructure are set to benefit from a mobile science laboratory.
Nissan South Africa (SA) will hand over a mobile science laboratory to the University of Venda?s (Univen) Foundation Science Centre in Vuwani Township, Limpopo.

Univen established the Science Centre with the aim of helping develop local learners at the Tshimbupfe, Mugoidwa, Ratshikwekwete, Lwenzhe, Muthurwana, Davhana, Kolokoshani, Ramauba schools, among others.

South Africa's Industrial Development Corporation has pledged over R7-million to support the Education Department's Dinaledi schools programme, which is dedicated to improving mathematics and science education in the country.
The IDC has adopted 15 schools, and has pledged to support each with R100 000 over the next three years, reports Southafrica.info.

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