For-profit school group Curro expects to spend R1 billion on infrastructure this year – 17 times more per pupil than the public system

2019-08-14 10:45

The private school group's expenditure on new schools and expanding existing ones for its around 60,000 pupils is a healthy fraction of the spending on more than 12 million children in public education.

Panyaza Lesufi: Language used as a 'false shield' for exclusion

2018-01-19 12:29

In the light of the recent court ruling on Hoërskool Overvaal, it's time to ask what our schools can do to ensure a more stable, diverse society with an inclusive ethos and robust anti-racism policies, writes Panyaza Lesufi.

Open letter to the next president: We need a grand plan for literacy

2017-12-06 09:59

Eight out of ten children in the country can't read and there has been no improvement in reading outcomes since 2011, write Nic Spaull and David Carel.

Basic education failing engineering sector

2017-06-25 07:45

The quality of the country’s basic education is one of the main reasons the engineering sector is struggling to transform.

WATCH: President Zuma asks for under performing schools to be held accountable

President Jacob Zuma called for principles and management teams who achieved a 0% percent pass rate in 2016 to held accountable.

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Maths pass mark dropped to 20% - more views

2016-12-20 08:37

After hearing the reasoning behind the maths mark being dropped to 20%, readers shared their opinions and concerns.

Why it doesn’t help – and may harm – to fail pupils with poor maths marks

2016-12-13 09:02

There is no evidence that repeating a grade will improve learner performance. The public outcry should rather be about the poor quality of mathematics teaching across all grades, writes Elizabeth Walton.

SA universities are not pre-schools - Angie Motshekga

2016-11-14 12:27

There is a mismatch between the education landscape and the occupational needs in the economy, says Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga.


Gauteng education department's master class in delusion

2018-01-23 09:24

The Gauteng department of education has done very well in getting everyone to focus on almost everything other than the real problems confronting the education of their children, writes Frans Cronje.

And you thought the crisis was in higher education

2017-12-08 11:52

More than 80% of learners in rural primary schools only completed one page of maths and language in their workbooks per day. How are they expected to learn to read if their teachers aren't in class, asks Alet Janse van Rensburg.

Economic freedom only comes from educational freedom

2017-08-23 10:54

The inescapable truth, as confirmed by the success of the Asian tigers, is that world-class education is the greatest mechanism for economic freedom and transformation, writes Robert Traydon.

What hope is there for a poor black child?

2017-02-23 09:04

Surely this is the question that should have preoccupied every administration seeking to build a just society in the more than two decades since we attained liberation, writes Yusuf Cassim.

Our education system misses the mark

2017-01-10 10:41

The next Elon Musk might be sitting in Mitchells Plain, or Soweto. We will never know if the opportunity to address our education system is never realised.

Maths pass rate misunderstood

2016-12-18 06:17

Department of basic education has only reduced the pass rate to 20% for pupils who won’t continue to study the subject, writes Mary Metcalfe.

The ANC's 'crime against humanity'

2016-12-13 08:23

The ANC government has failed the youth of South Africa in a spectacular fashion and they can no longer blame apartheid for it, writes Max du Preez.

ANAs Debate: The assessments have to go ahead as planned

2015-10-05 12:30

The Annual National Assessments have become a thorny issue. The basic education department and Sadtu go head-to-head

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