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.

In an effort to create a pool of highly competent housing professionals, the Department of Housing is offering matriculants scholarships in the field.

The National Housing Scholarship Programme is aimed as meeting the demands of South Africa?s complex housing environment, the capacity requirements and the need for more competent housing professionals.

Leading Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University ethics academic Prof Piet Naude has taken over as director of the university?s Business School. Prof Naude, who is nationally and internationally recognised for his expertise in business ethics, was the Dean of Arts at former University of Port Elizabeth.

What is your greatest asset? Your car, house or substantial pension? In fact it is none of these, Tania Rossouw from Old Mutual Private Wealth Management told delegates at a USB Leaders Angle presentation.

Billions of Rands are being spent on trying to deal with the national literacy crisis, but Christo van der Rheede believes the results are not good enough. "The percentage of people attending these literacy classes, persevering and, most importantly, passing the examinations is appallingly low, especially in Mathematics". Van der Rheede suggests a number of ways to improve the results.

Its all systems go according to the first group of anxious and excited matriculants to write their final exams under the new National Curriculum Statement (NCS), writes Gabi Khumalo. Approximately 600 000 students across the country's nine provinces will be sitting for their exams which will take place from 29 October to 3 December 2008.

Are you looking for the tools your business needs for attaining a greater "strategic edge?? The UCT GSB's Smart Strategy course offers a strategic toolkit that gives individuals a sound grounding to think and act more strategically, and help them meet the challenges their organisations face.

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.

Participants in the Computer Olympiad were reminded at the gala prize-giving event of the opportunities created by a world-wide shortage of Informatics Scientists. The Standard Bank/CSSA Computer Olympiad is an annual competition to identify, encourage and reward programming skills among high school learners.

South Africa joined the rest of the world on Sunday to honour the role and importance of teachers in the classroom and society on World Teacher?s Day. Speaking at the celebration of World Teacher?s Day in Durban on Sunday, Education Minister Naledi Pandor said: "Teachers are the backbone of the education system.

An innovative, accessible and stimulating introduction to the world of business is to be offered by the Open University?s BA Honours degree in Business Studies via distance learning. The degree, which is distributed by eDegree, develops a range of specific business concepts, theories and practical skills appropriate for careers in business.

The world of science and the media need to be brought closer together in order to raise the profile of science in our society and ensure that important knowledge and research does not remain solely within the domain of scientific communities. This is the view of Dr George Claassen, respected science journalist and co-ordinator of the Communicating Science course at the University of Cape Town.

The South African Council for Educators (SACE) has called on schools to help formulate guidelines for a dress code for school teachers.
The council?s Chief Executive Officer Rej Brijraj said the Department of Education had received a number of complaints that some teachers were not dressing appropriately.

The University of Cape Town is launching a landmark programme to breathe new life into efforts to empower the poor and marginalised in South Africa. The Masters in Social Justice is the first of its kind to be launched by a South African university and combines law, social justice and development. The programme will involve prominent local legal and development experts, including Judge Dennis Davis.

The Department of Education has launched a new system to collect the data of each learner in the country and track their movement throughout their school careers. The system will for the first time ensure the Education Department has accurate enrolment numbers for learners in all schools.

A campaign which encourages parents and caregivers to access important government services through local schools in order to assist their children in their care has been launched.

The Department of Education, in collaboration with other departments and stakeholders, opened the Leth'impilo service delivery campaign which aims to promote schools as nodes of care and support.

Education Minister, Naledi Pandor, has instituted an independent and comprehensive evaluation of the affairs of the North West University following recent disruptions at its Mafikeng Campus. The Minister has further requested the Council at the university to also satisfy itself that due process has been followed in the recent suspensions and expulsion of students charged with misconduct, as a matter of urgency.

The Department of Education has reiterated its commitment and support to the country?s schools and educators in the run up to the matric exams. During the Social Cluster briefing on Wednesday, the department said it would continue to provide support to learners who will be writing the National Senior Certificate examination which begins on 29 October.

"African business schools need to take the lead in ensuring the continent?s managers have the necessary skills and knowledge to drive this much-needed economic and democratic expansion," says Jonathan Cook of the Association of African Business Schools (AABS). Cook leads the 'Teaching the Practice of Management' programme - which is rapidly growing as a vehicle spreading excellence in management training on the continent.

Primary school learners in four provinces will on Thursday participate in the annual Primary Science Day (PSD) aimed at encouraging them to develop interests in maths and science. Over 75 000 learners, more than 1000 educators and 500 schools in the four provinces will participate in the project.

Learners from various schools in Cape Town are expected to help clean up rivers, canals and beaches next week.

The Smart Young Mindz competition is aimed at stimulating interest in young learners to study in the fields of maths, science and technology, reports the Gauteng Provincial Government.

South Africa has spent at least R16.5 billion on research and experimental development (RandD) in the 2006/07 financial year; an indication that the country is progressing towards a knowledge-based economy.

The world of construction is being seen more and more as an attractive career choice for women, as it gradually sheds off its image of being a traditionally male dominated industry. Apprentices Skills can be learned entirely through informal on-the-job training.

The appointment of Jonathan Jansen, formerly Dean of Education at the University of Pretoria, to chair a ministerial committee on school evaluation was gazetted.

It is every South African?s responsibility to adhere to the constitution and uphold the rule of law. This was the message from South Africa?s Chief Justice Pius Langa, the guest speaker at the University of Stellenbosch Business School Alumni Association?s annual fundraising gala dinner.

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