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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.

Opening the debate on alternative economics

January 28, 2016

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“The doors of learning and culture shall be opened.” So states the eighth clause of the ANC’s Freedom Charter. It has again come to the forefront as university students embark on another series of protests about the cost of tertiary education.

Where political expediency trumps education

December 13, 2015

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How better for a government facing severe criticism for it performance on the education front than to burnish its image by providing an illusion of improved school performance?