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Research endorses mother-tongue education

Internatonal research, including research done in Africa, continues to endorse the view that mother-tongue education is the way to go.

Language experts blame at least some of South Africa’s poor educational results, and its poor showing in international tests of reading and maths ability, on a lack of mother-tongue education, especially in primary school.

To read the rest of Sue Blaine’s article in Business Day on allAfrica.com Click Here!


South Africa lost 26000 teachers in 3 years

South Africa lost a staggering 26000 teachers in the three years from 2005 to 2008, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga recently revealed.

The revelation comes against a background of serious fears that the country cannot train teachers fast enough to meet current demand, as teachers either head for greener pastures, retire or die of old age.

To read more go to Wyndham Hartley’s Business Day article on allAfrica.com by Clicking Here!

What is behind South Africa’s high university dropout rates?

A recent article released by Moneyweb touches on the reasons for the high dropout rates at South African Universities. The article refers to recent information released by Higher Education SA (HESA), a Section 21 company representing all 23 public universities in South Africa, that the dropout rate escalated alarmingly in recent years, and is hitting highs of up of up to 35% at some universities, with the bulk of those leaving being first-year students.  It also refers to the Human Sciences Research Council’s recent study of about 34 000 students which showed that of this amount, only 14 000 students graduated, with some 20 000 dropping out of their courses, most of them being either in their first year or midway through their second year of study.

To read the rest of the Moneyweb article Click Here!