Newspaper and Opinion pieces

  • Varsity buildings salute apartheid

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Spaull, N
    Year of Publishing: 2014
    Keywords: Higher Education, Freedom Day, Stellenbosch University, Racism, Inclusive education, Social transformation

    In 2014 South Africa commemorates 20 years of democracy. Naturally the media reflected on the pressing issues of the day, such as corruption, inequality, poverty and the upcoming elections. The author notes that one issue that didn’t feature as prominently was the fact that, 20 years into democracy, Stellenbosch University still has buildings and plaques honouring people such as DF Malan and HF Verwoerd, the founders of apartheid! The article points out that Stellenbosch is a top institution and questions why the architects of racism are still being honoured there? [5 May 2014]

  • Varsities lack innovation – Pandor

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Anon
    Year of Publishing: 2012
    Keywords: University transformation, innovation, social innovation, research, business, industry, science, technology, humanities

    Reports the views of Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor that South African universities are partly to blame for a lack of innovation in different industries [City Press, 4 April 2012].

  • Varsities buckle under cash crunch

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Hamilton, S.
    Year of Publishing: 2013
    Keywords: Higher education, White paper on post-school education and training, Skills development, Social transformation, Developmental state

    The article points out how the erosion of salaries and work conditions for junior academics undermines education quality, The author notes that as we wait for the publication of the white paper on post-school education and training, it is worth asking how much we can expect the new policy document to relieve the funding pressures on universities, especially insofar as they affect ­academic staffing and lecturer-student ratios. [16 June 2013]

  • University apologises for radio station’s Nazi comments

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: CityPress
    Year of Publishing: 2011
    Keywords: Higher Education, Transformation, Racism, University of Pretoria, Institutional values, SA Jewish Board

    The University of Pretoria apologised yesterday for a blog by its student radio station TuksFM that suggested people should pose like Nazis to create a new social media craze. The University stated that they found it regrettable that the photographic pose that was proposed is one that offends many people and is not aligned with the university’s institutional values. (City Press 2 August 2011)

  • Universities urged to recognise college qualifications

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Nkosi, Bongani
    Year of Publishing: 2014
    Keywords: Higher education, White paper on post-school education, National Plan of Action, Transformation

    The education department believes that if the country’s skills base is to expand, college graduates should be given credit for their diplomas. The government is courting universities to recognise the qualifications of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges and to enrol their graduates at advanced study levels. (Mail & Guardian 29 October 2014)

  • Universities remain a bastion of gender discrimination

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: Victoria John
    Year of Publishing: 2014
    Keywords: Gender discrimination, Higher education, Equality, Dignity, Transformation

    Only a small percentage of SA's professors are black women. The cards are stacked in men’s favour, says Professor Esther Ramani. That has to change. Ramani is one of the very few black and female professors in South Africa. Out of the 4 000 professors in South Africa only 4% are black, according to an August 14 article, ‘10 steps to develop black professors’, in City Press. And fewer, still, are black women. According to the same article “only 34 or 0.85% of the total number of South African professors are women”. (Mail & Guardian 12 Oct 2014)

  • Unions want part in education transformation committee

    Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
    Author: SAPA
    Year of Publishing: 2013
    Keywords: Higher education, Transformation, Discrimination, SA Parastatal and Tertiary Union (Saptu), Federation of Unions of SA

    Fedusa and Saptu have asked Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to include them in the committee on transformation of the higher education sector. (City Press 24 January 2013)

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