Category Archives: Education

Police

Policing and security : #FeesMustFall initiative

The South African Police Service is continuing to monitor protest action taking place as part of the #FeesMustFall initiative at various campuses across the country. Earlier today I personally visited Gauteng campuses and experienced first-hand incidents that were unfolding in and around the University of the Witwatersrand campus.  We were then surprised when we read an online media report which stated that “Rubber bullets and tear gas were once again fired at protesting Wits university students, this time in the streets of Braamfontein”.  The article…

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KZN Education Department ordered by High Court to set aside unlawful appointments

Yet another provincial education department has been hauled over the coals regarding unlawful appointments. The High Court in Pietermaritzburg has ordered the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department to follow the correct appointment procedures as determined by the Schools’ Act, the Employment of Educators Act as well as the Personnel Administrative Measures. The Department was also directed to pay the cost of the application. A number of schools in the province were impacted by an unlawful decision of this Department to place excess educators at schools without any…

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EFF Students Command Statement on the Fee Increment Announcement by Blade Nzimande

The EFF Students Command notes the announcement made by the Ghost Minister, Blade Nzimande, on fee increments being left to universities with vehement disparagement. The clarion call for free education is not one to be ignored nor sidelined due to the failure of the ANC to devise and generate monetary means to fund education. The students of South Africa have made it clear that they will not succumb to any detour besides that of free, quality, decolonised and well resourced education. The failure of the…

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EFF Press Release

EFF Students Demand Statement on CEOs Playing “Mandlwana” While Students Fight For Accommodation The EFF Students Command strongly condemns the romanticisation of poverty by CEOs in Johannesburg through their extremely patronising and violent #CEOSleepOut2016. The EFF Students Command holds a very strong view that what these CEOs claim to be a charity event is in fact, rich people who could make a huge difference in this country running away from confronting real issues such as landlessness, dispossession and inequality and spitting on the faces of…

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EFF Students Command statement on the meeting held with evidence task team lawyers and Prof Themba Mosia

The EFF Students Command was invited to convene with the Evidence Task Team of the Free Education Commission early morning of the 7th of July 2016. The EFFSC honoured the invitation with the quest to further reiterate the sentiments of disdain towards the cowardice process put in motion by Jacob Zuma which is disguised as an objective to investigate the feasibility of free and well resourced education but is, in its true essence, a delay tactic. The EFFSC is well aware that the request to…

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Special Assignment

Beyond the Rainbow

Forty years after the June 16th Soweto Students’ Uprising in 1976, for many youths in South Africa the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow nation remains, frustratingly, out of reach. Statistics paint a bleak picture of declining education standards and rising unemployment putting our youth increasingly at risk. Research reveals that up to 50% of the so-called Born-Free generation have dropped out of school and that young people between the ages of 15 and 35 constitute the bulk of South Africa’s unemployed.…

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Brand new R47 million Sinenjongo High School nearing completion

Today, Minister Schäfer and Minister Grant visited the site of the new Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park, Milnerton. The brand new, state-of-the-art, R47 million  school is fast nearing completion since construction commenced in February 2015. The Sinenjongo High School project is due to be completed in December 2016, in time for the start of the 2017 school year.  It has been a collaborative effort between the Western Cape Education Department, the Department of Transport and Public Works’ and Rabie Property Group. This morning,…

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Minister Grand and Minister Schafer to visit brand new Sinenjongo High School in Milnerton

Tomorrow, Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant, and Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer, will be visiting the site of the brand new Sinenjongo High School in Milnerton. The school is at a late stage of construction, and will be completed by the end of this year. Learners at the school are currently housed in temporary classrooms, and will soon have a brand new, top-quality school. The new school will comprise of standard classrooms, science laboratories, a media centre, school hall, administrative block, and…

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VF Plus-voorlegging aan Onafhanklike Transformasiekomitee van Universiteit van Pretoria

Die pogings om Afrikaans te marginaliseer is niks anders nie as politieke dwepery en ʼn poging om aggressiewe studente-bewegings soos dié van die EFF te paai om vrede ten alle koste te bewerkstellig. Dit is die kern van die boodskap van die VF Plus in sy voorlegging aan die Onafhanklike Transformasiekomitee van die Universiteit van Pretoria (UP). Die volledige verklaring van adv. Anton Alberts, die VF Plus se parlementêre woordvoerder oor hoër onderwys, lui voorts: “Die sogenaamde “bevoorregting” van Afrikaanssprekendes (die Afrikanerminderheid) is ʼn valse…

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Department awards 19 New Masakh’isizwe bursaries to deserving university students

Programme Director Head of Department, Ms Jacqui Gooch Senior Managers Bursary recipients and parents Ladies and Gentlemen It is an honour to address you all today, and to present our most recent and outstanding recipients of the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme for 2016. With June being ‘Youth Month’, it is only fitting that we celebrate talented young people, and continue to expand their development opportunities through programmes like this one. The Masakh’iSizwe Bursary Programme awards study bursaries to qualifying students and focuses on attracting and facilitating…

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Aftakeling van hoër onderwys is deel van groter ANC-plan

Die ANC se planne met Suid-Afrika herinner aan die futuristiese rolprent ‘War of the Worlds’ waar die eerstepersoon-verteller ons inlig oor die indringers se planne met die aarde met die volgende stelling: “(they) regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly, and surely, they drew their plans against us…”. Net so is die ANC besig om sy sogenaamde Nasionale Demokratiese Revolusie te gebruik om Suid-Afrika te omvorm in ʼn kommunistiese staat waar hy alle mag en beheer het sonder enige plek vir minderhede, en die…

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Minister Grant to Award Masakh’isizwe Bursaries to New 2016 Recipients

Today, Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant, will be awarding bursaries to this year’s new recipients as part of the Department of Transport and Public Works’ Masakh’iSizwe bursary programme. The Masakh’iSizwe (Let’s Build the Nation) Centre of Excellence and Bursary Scheme was established by the department of Transport and Public Works in 2006, and forms part of the Western Cape Government’s commitment to skills development as an essential driver of economic growth in this province. The programme has since grown from strength to…

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Hoër onderwys in Suid-Afrika nie meer ‘n paspoort tot ‘n seker toekoms

Hoër onderwys is veronderstel om waarde toe te voeg tot ʼn persoon se lewe, asook dié van sy gemeenskap en die land as ʼn geheel. Onder die huidige onderwysstelsel raak dit egter toenemend bloot ʼn rubberstempel tot ʼn somber toekoms, sê adv. Anton Alberts, die VF Plus se parlementêre woordvoerder oor hoër onderwys. Hy sê universiteite kry toenemend meer studente met ʼn groot kognitiewe agterstand wat die maaksel is van die departement van basiese onderwys, en dan vererger hoër onderwys die probleem deur intervensie wat…

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VF Plus adviseer Afrikaanse ouers en studente om ‘n betaalstaking by UV te implementeer

Die VF Plus moedig Afrikaanse ouers en studente aan om ʼn betaalstaking by die Universiteit van die Vrystaat (UV) te implementeer totdat Afrikaans-onderrig herstel is. Dis tyd dat die Afrikaanse gemeenskap met sy geld begin praat en daardie instellings wat Afrikaans minag dit in hulle sakke begin voel. Die eerste veldtog in die verband gaan nou teen die UV geloods word,” sê adv. Anton Alberts, die VF Plus se parlementêre woordvoerder oor hoër onderwys. Adv. Alberts sê die UV se bestuur, by monde van sy…

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IFP

Lack Of Toilets In Government Schools Causes Concern

The IFP calls on the KZN MEC of Education, Peggy Nkonyeni to urgently end the practice of open air defecation at schools after learners and teachers at Mqhakama High School in Highflats, are forced to hide in the bushes when they respond to a call of nature due to lack of toilets. “The challenge of open-air defecation is one of equity and dignity, and very often one of safety as well, particularly for female teachers and girls. It is really sad that the department is…

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VF Plus vra parlement om geweld by universiteite dringend te debatteer

In die lig van die huidige konflik by universiteite wat volgens die VF Plus die potensiaal het om te eskaleer en oor te spoel na alle sfere van die samelewing, het die VF Plus die parlement vandag gevra om in openbare belang ʼn dringende debat oor die aangeleentheid te voer, sê dr. Pieter Mulder, leier van die VF Plus. Dr. Mulder sê indien daar nie dringend op hoogste vlak ingegryp word nie, kan dit lei tot die verdere verslegting van rasseverhoudinge en die land se…

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Minister van Hoër Onderwys verduidelik voetesleep oor bekendmaking van verslag oor gratis onderwys

Die verslag oor gratis hoër onderwys wat in Desember 2012 aan die minister van hoër onderwys oorhandig is, is nooit bekend gemaak nie aangesien ‘klarigheid’ verkry moes word oor beleid, en daar ‘ooreengekom’ moes word oor die finansiering van die projek. Dit is wesenlik die antwoord van die minister, dr. Blade Nzimande, op ʼn parlementêre vraag van adv. Anton Alberts, die VF Plus se parlementêre woordvoerder oor hoër onderwys, oor die waarom die verslag nie bekend gemaak is nie. Die antwoord lui voorts dat die…

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IFP

IFP Not Surprised by Poor 2015 Matric Results

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has today announced the matric results for pupils that wrote the 2015 matric exams. Out of those that wrote only 70.7% passed. These results have already been revealed to be worse than last year’s 75.8% by Umalusi assurance body. The IFP Parliamentary caucus would like to congratulate those pupils that passed the 2015 matric exams, and encourages you to continue to succeed in your studies, by enrolling in tertiary institutions. The IFP believes the principal cause of such consistently poor…

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IFP

Decline in 2015 Matric Results Should Come As No Surprise

Early reports by Prof John Volmink, Chairman of Umalusi that the 2015 matric results are worse than that of 2014 must be cause for concern. “The Inkatha Freedom Party has always raised its concern with regards to forced progression of learners through the grades even they do not perform well together with issues such as mass copying, leaking of exam papers, lowering of pass requirements and the credibility of some invigilators. It is disconcerting to hear that there has been mass copying again but it…

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IFP

Calls for school weapon checks

The IFP believes that police should be able to carry out airport-style security checks for knives and guns in schools after a learner was stabbed to death at Hlamvana High School in Empangeni in KZN. “This latest incident shows clearly that not enough is being done to remedy the problem of violence in schools. Teachers and learners are exposed to a climate of fear and trauma. Schools should be a safe space for all. We are concerned that the provincial education department does not have…

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IFP

Parliamentary snap debate “transformation in the higher education sector”

Honourable Speaker, The greatest single threat in any time of crisis is a lack or absence of leadership; and what we have come to witness over the past 2 weeks has been exactly that: an absence of leadership. Today, we are called upon to debate transformation in higher education and there is widespread agreement, which the IFP subscribes to, that change and transformation in higher education is necessary for nation building, social cohesion and strengthening our democratic discourse underpinned by inclusivity and access. Such an…

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Debat in parlement oor transformasie in Hoër Onderwys

Wanneer ontevrede studente weer na die parlement opruk, moet die polisie hulle nie keer nie, maar eerder binnenooi sodat hulle die argitekte van die land se vele probleme, waarvan studiegeld net een is, persoonlik kan konfronteer, het, dr. Pieter Mulder, leier van die VF Plus, vandag gesê in die parlementêre debat oor transformasie in hoër onderwys. Hier volg dr. Mulder se volledige verklaring. In Engels is daar ʼn gesegde wat lui: “The chickens are coming home to roost.” In Afrikaans sê ons: “Wat jy saai…

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Toegewing oor studiegeld kan presedent skep om eise voortaan met geweld te besleg

Die feit dat studentegeweld onmiddellik weer opgevlam het na pres. Jacob Zuma se aankondiging dat daar aanstaande jaar geen verhoging in studiegeld gaan wees nie, stuur die boodskap aan die breë Suid-Afrikaanse samelewing uit dat geskille voortaan suksesvol met geweld besleg kan word, sê adv. Anton Alberts, die VF Plus se parlementêre woordvoerder oor ekonomie en hoër onderwys. Geweld het na die aankondiging ook gedreig om na die parlement oor te spoel en beveiligingspersoneel  is binne minute na die aankondiging op ʼn gereedheidsgrondslag geplaas. Om…

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IFPYB: #BladeMustFall Just Like The #FeesMustFall

The chickens have come home to roost and the time to deliver on the promise of free education has arrived. The IFP Youth Brigade fully supports the students movement that has swept across the country as students of all walks life have come together to fight a worthy cause: The #FeesMustFall! Our democratic rights are not for sale to be sold to those with deep pockets leaving the poor, struggling and vulnerable languishing in a socio-economic wilderness without hope and progress in life and unable…

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IFP

Best wished for matric exams

The IFP wishes all matriculants well for their final exams which started yesterday. “As learners embark on the final examination of the year, I urge them to knuckle down and study hard as these examinations will play a critical role in their lives. We appeal to parents not to put too much pressure on them but to support them. We want all our learners to do well in the exams,” said IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Education, Mrs Thembeni Madlopha-Mthethwa, MPL. “Parents and society alike…

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