Education

Upskilling starts at home

It is always nice to see young black daughters and sons of the South African soil graduating. Congratulations to you all, most especially those who hail from my beloved village. Keep developing yourselves! Keep acquiring skills! To borrow from the humble former US first lady, Mrs Michelle Obama, ‘may we, when we’ve worked hard and […]

Education

Slow Teaching

I want to start a movement called ‘Slow teaching’ in the same spirit as the Slow Food Movement. The reason is, we’re starving our children, serving them superficial and contrarily highly complicated information instead of soul-building, sustaining basics. I speak as someone who has just moved from a very small, very unique school where ‘slow […]

Education

Letter: Celebrate or worry

Dear Sir/Madam The 2018 matric results were released last week. There is some progress to celebrate and also a great deal to applaud about the Department of Basic Education Minister’s emphasis, at the release of the results, on the importance of Early Childhood Development and also on her recognition that learners must be computer literate […]

Education

A new pass mark – nothing!

As someone who has never seen any reason for passing or failing kids, especially in junior grades, and also who doesn’t see the motive behind judging little ones, I am encouraged by what the Singaporean government is doing. The Swiss-based World Economic Forum (WEF) says that the small Asian nation ‘will no longer compare students’ […]

Education

Game brain

I am a teacher. For nine years I taught grade two children at a government school attended by children from mostly middleclass households. As is often the case for teachers, I got to know the children in my class really well. I am passionate about reading and I very much believe that children need to […]

Education

Vicious circle

It is difficult for most graduates to find employment because a lot of companies require experience. I feel that this is something that increases the rate of unemployment in our country because how do you get work experience when you have never worked? A lot of people will advise you to volunteer (which I have […]

Education

It’s all about YOU

Once again, it’s never about where you come from, your parents, background, your looks nor your height that determines your future…It’s all about YOU and how bad YOU want it! Education is and will remain the ONLY key to alleviate poverty! I am a living proof, raised by a single parent, somehow my dad didn’t […]

Education

Success has a million fathers

The recent trend of suicidal patterns amongst university students highlights the unsupportive nature of elite universities in South Africa. Considered ‘thought leaders’, universities behave as if they are World class institutions that fail to meet African needs. Lack of class transition financial management skills. The knowledge offered at our universities continues to produce indebted individuals, […]