Thought leadership – Education

Transitioning from secondary school to tertiary education: what social investors should know

  • 18 February 2016 | Thandeka Rantsi | Opinion | Category: Education

According to Alan Cliff, an associate professor at the University of Cape Town, the sad reality of higher education in South Africa is that only about one third of the students who qualify to gain entry into higher education are actually prepared for the academic literacy demands of a university.

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Critical issues in primary and secondary education

  • 15 February 2016 | Tsepo Senoamali | Opinion | Category: Education

The current state of our schools has a long way to go if we aspire to increase the number of centres of excellence and learning. Schools have to create new learning environments that model a spirit of inquiry, inclusiveness and interdependence with learners who represent a wide array of cultures, languages and social backgrounds.

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Why 20% matters

  • 10 November 2015 | Joyce Wanjogu | Opinion | Category: Education

Since the onset of democracy in the country, educationalists have focused on increasing access to schooling and, more recently, to improving the quality of learning outcomes.

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Rethinking education through the arts

  • 28 September 2015 | Janet Watts | Opinion | Category: Education

If it had been suggested 12 years ago that by 2015 one would be able to access emails, Facebook, Twitter and Google on one’s phone, at any given time or place, while following detailed instructions (spoken by this gadget) on how to reach one’s destination, one would have been very skeptical.

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In order to be, education must become

  • 12 November 2014 | Phillip Methula | Opinion | Category: Education

South Africa’s education system has a responsibility to equip learners with the skills necessary for them to cope and thrive in post-matric environments. Academic performance is not indicative of this, and should not form the only criteria by which the success of the education system is assessed.

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Creating an enabling environment for students with disabilities

  • 05 November 2014 | Mammuso Makhanya | Opinion | Category: Education

Providing support to students with disabilities requires comprehensive and consistent engagement if it is to make a difference.

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Life after matric not a bed of roses for many

  • 22 April 2014 | Phillip Methula, Education Specialist | Insight | Category: Education

With the hype, excitement and furore around the matric results slowly dying down, thousands of matriculants around the country are bracing themselves for the next set of challenges in their journey of growth: finding study opportunities in tertiary education institutions. They are soon to find out that their 12 years of difficult schooling was only a dress rehearsal for the nightmare of getting a place to further their studies.

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The 2013 matric results – a tale of two provinces

  • 04 March 2014 | Margie Keeton, Epoch & Optima Trustee | Insight | Category: Education

The 2013 cohort of Grade 12 learners produced the best results since the National Senior Certificate (NSC) was introduced six years ago. Much has been made of the improved pass rate (up from 73.9% to 78.2%), as well as the increased proportion and number of learners gaining Bachelor degree passes (up from 26.6% to 30.4%). This is all most encouraging – but there is much more to consider.

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