Education, Then Transformation

Government policy interventions aimed at solving inequality would not produce results if the country’s dysfunctional education system wasn’t fixed. This was what Stellenbosch University economics professor Servaas van der Berg told delegates at a two-day conference in Pretoria organised by the Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development in the presidency’s department of planning, monitoring and 

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SA’s Biggest Failure is Education, Says Jonas

Broken system must be fixed, deputy minister tells PE event. If there is anything South Africa has failed at, it is education, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said at a gala dinner held at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) at the weekend. “Most of our problems, whether it’s unemployment, unemployability or the struggle of 

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Student Disruptions Put an End to Education Fees Convention

The Higher Education National Convention was postponed indefinitely by the National Education Crisis Forum after students disrupted proceedings and would not allow the Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande to address the crowd. The National Education Crisis Forum is a civil society platform aiming at finding long-term solutions in the education sector. The convention was 

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Son of CPUT Acting Head Dies in Accident

Cape Town – The son of Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) acting vice-chancellor John Volmink, also named John Volmink, died after being hit by a car while on his way home in Rosebank, Joburg. According to his father, the 33-year-old – fondly known as JJ – was crossing the road when a car knocked 

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Article of the Day: Obstacles to Practicing Professional Ethics in Real Life

Just when you thought it was safe to leave the classroom… Research shows that professionals often make bad or at least non-optimal ethical judgments even when they know the right thing to do. Why might well-educated professionals take ethical missteps? In a recent article, Eugene Soltes, an associate professor at Harvard Business School, discusses three 

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Better Note-Taking can Help Students who Struggle with English

Starting a university degree can be something of a culture shock. Students enter university after spending years in a closely structured school learning environment. They discover that there’s a different expectation in higher education: the onus of learning falls mostly on them. In South Africa, another complication arises for those students who speak English as 

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Two out of 10 matrics will get into university

Cape Town – Only two out of 10 matriculants can expect to be accepted into universities in the 2017 academic calendar, a leading tax body estimates. Stiaan Klue, executive dean and chief executive of The Tax Faculty, believes low acceptance rates into universities “are becoming more of a reality today”. However, he urged prospective students 

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