South Africa: Schools ignore the law when enforcing payment of school...

Sipho Mzakwe "The school sold my lounge suite, microwave and fridge... it's now threatening to sell my house too". The household items of the parent...

Strengthening science and agriculture in Africa

Esther NgumbiIn late March, Africa’s leading scientists, innovators, and policymakers met in Kigali, Rwanda, to brainstorm solutions to an increasingly pressing problem: the low quality of...

South Africa: #FeesMustFall Student Activists Reflect On Their Own Legacy

Nkateko Mabasa On June 16, #FeesMustFall student activists gathered at the Apartheid Museum to hold a debate reflecting on the contested legacy of the Fallist...

The way history is taught in South Africa is ahistorical –...

Natasha RobinsonHistory may soon be a compulsory school subject until Grade 12 in South Africa. A task team established by the country’s minister of...

Thokozile Xasa will tackle the difficult and enormous problem of school...

Mosibodi WhiteheadOne of the most serious criticisms of Fikile Mbalula’s term as minister of Sport and Recreation was his lack of focus on fixing...

Agriculture: We must bring back school holiday camps

Dr Sam Motsuenyane and Paul Ntshabele“Black people cannot farm Paul, even if we gave you all the farms what are you going to do...

A shock to the system: how new teachers in Zimbabwe learn...

Nhlanhla Mpofu and Lizette J de JagerThere’s a big difference between what prospective teachers learn at university and what they find when they enter the world...

Science in Africa: homegrown solutions and talent must come first

Alan ChristoffelsIt’s been a recurring refrain: Africa still lags woefully behind the rest of the world in generating new scientific knowledge.As figures collated by the World...

Footballer turned philanthropist gives back to community

Mosibodi WhiteheadOne of the most serious challenges in delivering sporting opportunities to all South African children of school going age is the lack of...

South Africa’s apartheid schools

Francois CleophasSouth Africa’s history of segregation has left its footprints in many places. Take the case of semi-rural Franschoek in the country’s Western Cape...

Nigerian university graduates find it tough in job market

Daily TrustMinister of State for Education Professor Anthony Anwuka last week proposed a one-year post-graduation training to be offered in some specialized institutions in...

South Africa’s reading crisis: Focus on the root cause

Ingrid Willen​bergNearly a quarter of a century into democracy, four presidents and several curricular revisions later, South Africa has made little headway in its...

Digital technology can help reinvent basic education in Africa

 Erwan Lequentrec and Francesc Pedró African countries have worked hard to improve children’s access to basic education, but there’s still significant work to be done. Today, 32.6...

Africa Grapples With Huge Disparities in Education

Zipporah MusauAt the dawn of independence, incoming African leaders were quick to prioritize education on their development agendas. Attaining universal primary education, they maintained,...

South Africa needs school league football

Mosibodi WhiteheadThe 2018 World Cup is set to kick off in Russia on 14 of June 2018.  The focus will inevitably turn to Bafana...

Two South Africans go head-to-head on slavery

Roger SouthallA recent exchange on Twitter between South African TV personality Sizwe Dhlomo and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, is worthy of close examination because it...

South Sudan’s former child soldiers find it hard to get back...

Merethe SkåråsMore than 200 child soldiers have been freed from armed groups in South Sudan. The 112 boys and 95 girls, all under the age of...

Quality education starts with schools that work

Norman MbazimaWhat would it take to re-imagine South Africa’s education system? It starts with the basics: we must find a way to give each...

Varsity rankings for bragging rights are useless

Jonathan JansenWhich is South Africa’s top university? Is it UCT or Wits? It depends who you ask, when you ask and which ranking system...

School sport: Disabled children and able-bodied children should compete

Mosibodi WhiteheadTeam South Africa recently returned from a successful campaign at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. The team won 37 medals: 13 gold, 11...
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