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Reflecting on the pursuit to educate and develop South Africans
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How Big is the Gap? Equity Infographic

How Big is the Gap? Equity Infographic | A South African Education | Scoop.it
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Excellence has become a luxury universities can no longer afford

Excellence has become a luxury universities can no longer afford | A South African Education | Scoop.it
From a university management perspective, low pass rates (called throughput rates in university jargon) mean less money in the pocket and the spectre of undesirable outcomes, such as dropping courses from the academic offering, closing departments, less money to spend on the tartan track, fewer rugby bursaries — and the possibility of redundancies and layoffs raises its ugly head.


With the present funding formula for higher education in place, universities talk excellence but they simply cannot afford it. Universities can afford only mediocrity.

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University World News - SOUTH AFRICA: Integrating post-school education

University World News - SOUTH AFRICA: Integrating post-school education | A South African Education | Scoop.it

The launch in January 2012 of a cabinet-approved green paper on post-school education and training will intensify efforts to create a coherent higher education and training system in South Africa and set the tone for much of the work of the Department of Higher Education and Training for the rest of the year.

The creation of a new and integrated post-school system - a persistent intention of Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande since assuming office in 2009 - aims to respond to a situation in which about three million young South Africans aged between 18 and 24 are neither employed nor involved in education or training.

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Criticism over math literacy in syllabus - IOL

Criticism over math literacy in syllabus - IOL | A South African Education | Scoop.it

Top KwaZulu-Natal science teacher and principal Sibusiso Maseko has blasted the inclusion of mathematical literacy in the syllabus and criticised the province’s poor performance.

“As long as mathematical literacy is in the picture, our education results will continue to suffer. It negatively affects the real maths results, the inclusion of which is implying to children ‘you can’t pass, you are stupid’. This superficial passing of mathematical literacy must stop,” he said.

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Daniella Broomberg's curator insight, October 6, 2013 7:26 AM

A common belief of many educationalists, including the widely respected Prof Jansen, is that mathamatical literacy should be completely removed from the syllabus. They believe it tells students that they do not have to pass maths because they can do maths literacy instead.

 

Comments such as the above may hold some truth but I personally believe that the poor national maths pass rate cannot be soley contributed to the existence of maths lit. In order to achieve in sectors such as maths and science, students and teachers need to work together and include innovative techniques in their learning methods. I maintain the belief that the existence of maths literacy has little to do with the declining pass rate. 

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DA - Motshekga criticism of NDP 'wrong'

DA - Motshekga criticism of NDP 'wrong' | A South African Education | Scoop.it
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Sadtu's criticism about the national development plan's recommendations to improve education are wrong, the DA says.
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‘38% the real pass rate’ - Daily News | News | IOL.co.za

‘38% the real pass rate’ - Daily News | News | IOL.co.za | A South African Education | Scoop.it

According to civil society group Equal Education (EE), an analysis of the results – taking into consideration the number of children who enrolled for Grade 1 12 years ago – reveals that the true pass rate was about 38 percent.

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4 Characteristics of Education Programs That Actually Work

4 Characteristics of Education Programs That Actually Work | A South African Education | Scoop.it

Education is a huge conversation, but almost all of the conversation is about education problems. There is not a serious or mature conversation about solutions. Meanwhile, lots of resources and attention are going into an ever-changing, wide variety of programs it is hoped will be part of some solution.  How do we know when we’re looking at any given program, whether it can have game-changing impact on K-12 schools, or has no chance? I call the former, programs that “Actually Work.” Here I identify and describe four characteristics of any program that Actually Works: Scope,Results, Robustness, and Scalability. Failure at any one of these is failure to Work. 


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The Children of South Africa

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diary of a maths teacher

Learners may have a willingness to learn. But the bar is so low, we can't expect anything more than mediocrity. Well you know what? Mediocrity just won't cut it. We won't get any better if we don't constantly expect more. Teachers are responsible for this. We as teachers need to be greedy for standards. Push our students. Expect more from them. Expect more from ourselves. Mathematics is a wonderful subject, as they say “To do maths all you need is a pencil, some paper, and a bin.” (Then continues to say, “To do philosophy all you need is a pencil and some paper”). There is a lack of support from the DOE, we know this. Does this mean we should just throw our hands in the air and give up? I think not.

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100% for KZN’s poor schools - KwaZulu-Natal | IOL News | IOL.co.za

100% for KZN’s poor schools - KwaZulu-Natal | IOL News | IOL.co.za | A South African Education | Scoop.it
Twenty-seven of KwaZulu-Natal’s poorest schools pulled off an impressive achievement in the 2011 matric exams, recording a 100 percent pass rate, despite having few resources and limited infrastructure.
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Matric razmatazz conceals sad reality - Western Cape | IOL News | IOL.co.za

Matric razmatazz conceals sad reality - Western Cape | IOL News | IOL.co.za | A South African Education | Scoop.it
It was pure political theatre. The excited room was filled with government officials, government consultants, quasi-government agencies, politicians and pupils from government schools.
As if on cue, the room rang with applause as one education victory after another was claimed. This was, after all, the annual drama in which the minister of basic education appears on stage to announce the Grade 12 National Senior Certificate (NSC) results.
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Cautious optimism over improved matric results

Cautious optimism over improved matric results | A South African Education | Scoop.it
Opposition parties, trade unions and civil rights bodies warn that the 2011 South African matric pass rate of 70,2% should be viewed with caution
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Pupils, parents set for radical changes - Daily News | News | IOL.co.za

Pupils, parents set for radical changes - Daily News | News | IOL.co.za | A South African Education | Scoop.it

The National Curriculum Statement and the revised changes to the Curriculum and Assessment policy under outcomes-based education will see English introduced in Grade 1 as a first additional language, to be taught alongside a home language.

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Teachers' maths problems just don't add up

Teachers' maths problems just don't add up | A South African Education | Scoop.it
Primary school teachers are battling with the simple arithmetic they're meant to be teaching, according to a survey of education in South Africa.

 

"What is evident is that maths performance is not very good in the broader context of what one expects from primary level. Teachers are really struggling with issues such as calculating percentages," said Professor Servaas van den Berg of Stellenbosch University'seconomics department.

"More than half of the teachers thought if the height of a fence is raised from 60cm to 75cm, it was a 15% increase," he said.

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