OPINION: Why matric throughput rate is a better indicator of success

2020-01-08 14:32

Equal Education calculates a throughput rate, which considers how many learners who were in Grade 2 in 2009, passed matric in 2019. This year the throughput rate was at 42%, quite a striking difference compared to the 81.3% the Department of Basic Education is presenting, writes Malin Steinsland.

Eastern Cape pupils march to education department, demand basic infrastructure at schools

2019-10-18 16:08

More than 200 pupils from different public schools in King William's Town have marched to the offices of the Eastern Cape Department of Education in Zwelitsha.

Basic education minister ‘evading her responsibility' – Equal Education

2019-03-12 22:37

Lobby group Equal Education says Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga is "evading her responsibility to provide school infrastructure that is conducive to quality teaching and learning".

UCT Black Academic Caucus backs Equal Education sexual harassment complainants

2018-11-30 17:35

The Black Academic Caucus at the University of Cape Town has thrown its weight behind a number complainants who gave confidential testimony to the Equal Education inquiry on sexual harassment.

Investigation clears Equal Education co-founder and prominent activist of sexual misconduct and cover-up

2018-11-28 07:04

An independent investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at Equal Education has cleared co-founder Doron Isaacs as well as prominent activist Zackie Achmat of any wrongdoing.

Fix dangerous and inadequate schools - Equal Education writes to Ramaphosa

2018-11-05 17:52

Equal Education has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa to express frustration and dismay at the lack of urgency in addressing the issue of infrastructure in schools across South Africa.

EE urges department's 'implementing agents' to share info on school upgrades with communities

2018-11-01 07:46

Equal Education has questioned why "implementing agents" who are paid up to 10% of the value of school construction and repair projects are not being more open about their work.

Pit toilet deaths a reminder of delayed service delivery – Ramaphosa

2018-08-14 17:40

There are still 3 998 schools across the country that only have pit toilets and a further 3 040 schools with proper sanitation as well as pit toilets that have not been demolished, says the government.

'Education is essential, but not an essential service' – NGO

2018-07-23 17:33

Equal Education says declaring education an essential service undermines the legitimacy of the grievances that teachers try to raise through the right to strike.

Govt delay in fixing poor, unsafe school infrastructure 'unconstitutional' - court

2018-07-19 17:50

The Eastern Cape High Court in Bhisho has ruled that it is unconstitutional and invalid for the government to delay fixing poor and unsafe school infrastructure.


ANALYSIS: Matric results not a good indicator of the health of the education system as a whole

2020-01-08 11:57

If we do not address the problem of low literacy and numeracy skills in the system, especially in the early years, there is a high risk of streaming learners according to the education opportunities the system has afforded them, rather than their academic abilities, writes Equal Education

Equal Education celebrates victory as new Eastern Cape school is being built

2019-04-19 16:00

Equal Education is celebrating saying its persistent lobbying got construction for a new school in Eastern Cape going.

Matric pass rate announcement a 'misleading fanfare' – Equal Education

2019-01-03 15:07

Non-governmental organisation Equal Education says the annual matric pass rate announcement is a "misleading fanfare" that does not provide the full picture of the overall performance of the education system.

Sexual misconduct cover-up allegations at Equal Education 'left an indelible scar' – Zackie Achmat

2018-11-29 19:40

Activist Zackie Achmat has welcomed the findings of an independent investigation into claims that he covered up allegation of sexual harassment against Equal Education co-founder Doron Isaacs.

Over 2 000 schools without toilets, says Equal Education

2018-11-17 07:24

Organisation marks "ten years of struggle for equal education".

ConCourt dismisses basic education dept's bid to appeal #FixTheNorms judgment

2018-11-02 17:24

The Constitutional Court has dismissed the Department of Basic Education's application for leave to appeal Equal Education's "infrastructure judgment" in what has become known as the #FixTheNorms case.

Parents have to build toilets for Eastern Cape school as department drags its feet

2018-10-12 22:23

Teachers say the education department first promised to fix the toilets in 2012, but keeps postponing.

Land expropriation could assist public schools on private land - Equal Education

2018-08-02 19:31

Equal Education says that the SA Schools Act makes provision for schools to be operated on private land through a long-term lease, but that this right is being threatened by farm owners controlling the land.

Judgment on fixing poor, unsafe school infrastructure is a ‘milestone’ – SAHRC

2018-07-20 19:23

A court judgment, which found that it was unconstitutional and invalid for the government to delay fixing poor and unsafe school infrastructure was a "significant milestone", the South African Human Rights Commission has said.

Judge Kathy Satchwell to head inquiry into Equal Education sexual harassment complaints

2018-07-12 17:48

Equal Education's national council has established a panel of respected academics, headed by Judge Kathy Satchwell, to investigate claims of sexual harassment against former treasurer Doron Isaacs.

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