Newspaper and Opinion pieces

  • Dropouts and passes: How far has education really come?

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: David Macfarlane, Victoria John
    Year of Publishing: 2014
    Keywords: Higher education, Independent Council on Higher Education, University dropout, Landmark white paper on post-school education and training

    The launch of Blade Nzimande's white paper and the audited data on universities exposes the steady pattern of dropouts, failure and graduation. The statutorily independent Council on Higher Education, presented the latest audited data on universities. This showed that about half of all students who enter university drop out before they complete their degrees or diplomas. (Mail & Guardian 17 Jan 2014)

  • Education in brief

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: M&G Reporter
    Year of Publishing: 2012
    Keywords: Higher education, Science and innovation, Rural universities, Research infrastructure, Science and technology policy

    Read about the two landmark firsts for South Africa's rural universities. (Mail & Guardian 18 May 2012)

  • Education official apologises for racist rant, but he’s not off the hook yet

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: SAPA
    Year of Publishing: 2013
    Keywords: Higher education, Hate speech, Dr Ntavhanyeni Phaswana, Limpopo education, Equality court, Race relations

    Investigations into allegations of hate speech by a senior Limpopo education official will continue, despite his apology, the provincial education department has said. In the audio recording, Phaswana was apparently heard telling pupils the people who collected their scripts after exams were “k*****s. He also allegedly said pupils should not call water balloons “bombs”, because they did not know what bombs were, and that he had bombs from Russia. (City Press 28 September 2013)

  • End UKZN strike, says ANC

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: SAPA
    Year of Publishing: 2014
    Keywords: Student protests, UKZN, University of KwaZulu-Natal, negotiations, disputes, university management

    Media report on the need for serious negotiations between University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) management and student representatives so that the impasse between the two can be resolved [Timeslive, 6 September 2014].

  • Enough is good as a feast

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Motala, E. & Vally, S
    Year of Publishing: 2013
    Keywords: Higher education, Education, 'Language, culture and identity, Inequality, Pedagogical practice

    This article describes how Neville Alexander's 50 years of engagement as a public and committed intellectual came under scrutiny at a conference hosted by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University from July 6 to 8 2013. Titled 'The Life and Times of Neville Alexander', the conference organised its first two days around a "student and youth apprenticeship", providing an opportunity for students from various universities and youth from social movements to discuss the important themes expressed through the life and work of Alexander. [19 July 2013]

  • Eradicating poor gender and race habits in universities

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: John, V.
    Year of Publishing: 2014
    Keywords: gender equity, racial equity, university transformation, higher education, racism, black intellectuals, black academics, patriarchies

    Reports the view that 'the patriarchal and racist institutional culture at local institutions of higher learning must be challenged' at a recent conference on education, organized by the Higher Education Resource Services South Africa (Hers-SA) Academy [Mail & Guardian Online, 10 September 2014].

  • Fake qualifications undermine education system – Blade Nzimande

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: SAPA
    Year of Publishing: 2014
    Keywords: Higher education, Transformation, Criminal Justice System, Qualification forgery

    Qualifications fraud poses a danger to the credibility of the country’s education system, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has said. Consequently qualifications of those who have obtained them legitimately will be treated with suspicion, and this is unfair to all those who have genuinely worked to acquire such qualifications. (City Press14 August 2014)

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