Browsing All posts tagged under »education«

The need to reimagine schooling

September 19, 2018

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To equate the power and violence of colonialism with the existing school system — both at the state and elite private level — was bound to raise hackles, however correct the analogy may be. And it is correct since both systems aim to bring about conformity to the existing political and economic order.

Nurses: the essential foot soldiers for national health

February 25, 2018

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This item was first published in the City Press, 25.02.2018 One of the policies listed for almost immediate implementation by South Africa’s newly installed President Cyril Ramaphosa in his recent State of the Nation address (Sona), concerned health. “The time has now arrived to finally implement universal health coverage through the National Health Insurance (NHI),” […]

A democratic back to school message for SA

January 20, 2018

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Whatever democratic power ordinary people have should always be defended — and fiercely. So SA ctizens, importantly organised labour, should prepare to do battle with a government that proposes abolishing elected school governing bodies that have admittedly failed, but largely because government has failed them.

Repeating the past: SA’s annual ‘matric’ circus

January 12, 2018

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Even a cursory examination reveals the level of farce that is played out in South Afrca's annual matriculation announcements. There is, for example, no reference to the massive student dropout rate or to the fact that it now requires a bare 30% to pass. There is also a history to this circus that goes back to the days of exile and apartheid.

Resilence amid the doom & gloom

January 16, 2017

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The almost meaningless display of verbal pyrotechnics that annually accompanies South Africa’s secondary school matriculation results is thankfully behind us. But the reality of a potential 700 000-plus school leaving job seekers is most definitely not. Along with double that number who dropped out before Grade 12, they highlight the most volatile element in the […]

Free education: only political will is missing

October 7, 2016

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As campus chaos continues in South Africa, a simple fact should be borne in mind: the country has sufficient funds to provide free, quality education for all. However, the political will to source and to allocate such funds is currently missing.

Glimmers of light in the gathering gloom

June 12, 2016

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Educate, organise — agitate (for true transformation). South Africa's Bill of Rights provides a banner to rally those who are starting to demand the right to control their own lives.