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Nick Taylor’s paper on what is wrong in South African Education and how to fix it.

Nick Taylor, CEO of JET Education Services, presented a paper on 21 November 2008 to the CSR in Education Conference, TSiBA Education, Cape Town, on “What’s wrong with our schools and how to fix them”.

The paper outlines the three main shortcomings in the system, attempts to understand why these problems are endemic in South African schools, and suggests a way forward in the interests of putting all schools onto a more productive path. 

According to the paper three features of the school system combine to undermine effective teaching and learning: poor time management, insufficient attention to text, and very low levels of teacher subject knowledge. With respect to these three factors our teachers and schools are significantly worse off than those many of our much poorer neighbours in the region.

He went on to explain the importance of each of theses areas in achieving quality education, and to analyse the reasons for the shortcomings, basing his discussion on Durkheim’s forms of social organisation.

He went on to explain the importance of each of theses areas in achieving quality education, and to analyse the reasons for the shortcomings, basing his discussion on Durkheim’s forms of social organisation.

To read a copy of the paper Click Here!

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The South African Department of Education plans to focus on infrastructure shortfalls

“Lack of education infrastructure in rural areas, will be a focal point of the Department of Education over the next five years”, the South African Minister of Education Naledi Pandor announced on Monday.

Infrastructural inadequacies, national, provincial and district education incompetence, and teacher incapacity will be addressed over the next five years.

To read more go to Michael Apple’s article in Bua News (Tshwane) on the allAfrica.com website by Clicking Here!

South Africa to get 400 new teachers from Kenya

More than 400 science and mathematics teachers from Kenya are soon expected to start working in South Africa.

This follows an announcement by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for opportunities that could see the teachers earn 10 times more in South Africa than what is offered in Kenya.

The recruitment is being done by TSC on behalf of South Africa’s Education Department. Successful applicants are set to start work in the next three months.

For more on this read the article in the Daily Nation Newspaper by Clicking Here!