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Transforming the higher education sector in South Africa has a long way to go, although some ground is getting covered. Then there is the even bigger challenge of ensuring access and affordability for all. The coronavirus pandemic has put into sharp focus the indispensability of blended approaches: blended learning and teaching approaches combine online lecturing...
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South Africa has borne the heaviest burden in Africa from the Covid-19 pandemic, in terms of both reported cases and deaths. As of 18 February 2021, there have been more than 1.5-million cases and more than 48 000 deaths.  Beyond this devastating toll, as with so many other countries, the socioeconomic impacts on the country...
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President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged in his State of the Nation address (Sona) on Thursday night that the country had a tough academic year last year because of Covid-19.  Although Ramaphosa did not dwell much on education in his speech — focusing instead on the government’s four priorities, economic recovery among them — he did say...
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Four provinces have concluded the marking of matric scripts; the rest are expected to finish by Friday.  At a media briefing this morning, basic education director general Mathanzima Mweli and director of national examinations Priscilla Ogunbanjo outlined the process to be followed when marking is concluded. Ordinarily, by early January the matric class would receive...
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The Covid-19 disaster showed much that is wrong in South Africa, but it also demonstrated that many things can be made a lot better — fast. Food vouchers sent by cellphone showed that help can be provided without the costs and risks of distributing food parcels; and, speaking of cellphones, the zero-rating of local educational...
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Universities aspire to be places and spaces where the relationship between ideas and values can be tested in a safe environment, and thus explored and evaluated with a view to understanding how society and learning may be transformed. Learning how to change the way we see, the way we think, the way we understand sameness...
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COMMENT Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu said: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This comes to mind when I think of the value of education and the role it plays in producing meaningful economic development.  Our forebears had...
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The Northern Cape’s MEC for education, Mac Jack, died on Wednesday evening in hospital.  “He was admitted to hospital last week and he was as always in good spirits and confident of a full recovery,” Premier Zamani Saul said in the statement.  “Unfortunately he took a bad turn and was declared deceased earlier this evening....
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