Posted on 14 September, 2010 by Johann van Wyk
The Protection of Information Bill was detrimental to the core functioning of higher education, Higher Education South Africa (Hesa), a body representing 23 South African universities said recently.
“Access to information is the cornerstone not only to the functioning democracy but it is central to the enterprise of the university. Specifically, because of the negative way it might impact on Sections 32 – access to information – and 16 – freedom of speech – of the Constitution, the proposed Bill is potentially detrimental to the core functioning of higher education.” The body said without access to information the process of knowledge generation would be hampered, and without freedom of speech, “academic freedoms would be placed in jeopardy”
To read more go to the Sapa article on Dispatch Online by Clicking Here!
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Posted on 17 August, 2010 by Johann van Wyk
South Africa’s matric is “exactly where it should be”, according to research comparing it to foreign qualifications, education monitoring body Umalusi says.
“The South African public can be reassured that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) is a good, solid, robust qualification,” Elizabeth Burroughs, a senior manager at Umalusi, said in Johannesburg at the release of a report on the international standing of South Africa’s matric.
To read more go to the Sapa article on Times Live by Clicking Here!
To read the Umalusi Report Click Here!
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Posted on 31 August, 2009 by Johann van Wyk
South African vice-chancellors warned the government recently to expect more students to drop out following shocking results of pilot national benchmark tests.
A draft report produced for the vice-chancellors’ association Higher Education South Africa (HESA) by the National Benchmark Tests Project shows that most first-year students could not adequately read, write or comprehend – and universities that conduct regular competency tests have reported a decline in standards.
HESA’s findings make it clear that South Africa’s school system, which is following the Outcomes Based Education System, is continuing to fail its pupils and the country. This will place pressure on universities to do a lot more to tackle what appear to be growing proficiency gaps.
To read more go to Karen MacGregor’s article on University World News by Clicking Here!
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Posted on 16 March, 2009 by Johann van Wyk
Since 1994, access to universities for poor students in South Africa has grown phenomenally. Enrolment of (mostly disadvantaged) African and mixed-race students rose by 268% in the decade to 2006. But in the face of low pass rates the debate has moved on from access to success, and government is considering extending three-year degrees to four years to include the foundational learning many under-prepared students need.
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