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Education findings ‘devastating’

The findings by a team tasked to investigate the state of education in South Africa have been described by the opposition Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal as “nothing less than devastating”.

The team had found underlying dysfunctionality at rural and township schools, and teachers were spending less time in the classroom and more time on administration. The culture of teaching and learning had disappeared in most rural and township schools.

A culture of learning could only be restored if schools were given greater autonomy in hiring and firing staff, in disciplining pupils and in adapting the curriculum to local needs.

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National Education Evaluation and Development Unit Report

The South African National Department of Education published this report in April 2009. To read the Report, click here!

ANC government plans to split the Department of Education

ANC Secretary-general Gwede Mantashe confirmed during a meeting of the Progressive Business Forum, that the ANC government that is installed after the election, plans to overhaul the education ministry, splitting it into two or three separate ministries under different ministers.

This means that one minister will focus solely on the schooling system, and another will look with a specialised focus at tertiary education institutions, which could include reversing former education minister Kader Asmal’s mergers of key institutions.

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The National Department of Education releases Abridged Report on the 2008 matric results

The South African National Department of Education released an Abridged Report on the 2008 National Senior Certificate Examination Results on 30 December 2008.

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Do we need a four year degree?

According to an article published in the Mail and Guardian Newspaper Education minister Naledi Pandor has asked her advisory body, the Council on Higher Education, to look into the viability of a four-year undergraduate degree as a response to South Africa’s 50% university drop-out rate.

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