Category: Education

Black panther as Black Therapy

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Rate this OpinionPhoto credit: Matt Kennedy, AP The Afro-futuristic marvel blockbuster, Black Panther, has generated mega-hype in both Africa and its American Diaspora. Hollywood has produced a revolutionary action-adventure thriller with an almost black cast of strong characters – particularly women – who have historically…

The importance of African languages

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Rate this OpinionFor many decades Africa has been the only place in the world where most children are taught in the language that is not their own.  This places African languages at the centre of discussion where education is concerned. The discourse starts from whether…

The clueless cycle

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Rate this OpinionMuch effort has gone into reducing unemployment since 1994. In 2014 the DHET released the top 100 occupations in demand. One alarming factor is the number ‘100’. Imagine how many other occupations needs to be recognised outside the demand threshold. In the fourth…

Newspaper spies and hypocrites

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Rate this OpinionTHOSE of us who aligned ourselves with the liberation struggle in the 1980s were well aware that the apartheid state had spies in newsrooms throughout the country. Of course, we did not know who they were, but this didn’t stop us from speculating…

Queueing Theory

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Rate this OpinionWhat drama! I had to renew my Driver’s license. I tried to do this on the Thursday before the Easter Weekend by planning an early 700 am arrival at Rossburgh License Bureau, Durban thinking I will be in the office by 9am. Alas,…

Craving connection on campus

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Rate this OpinionSouth Africa’s notoriously high drop-out rate among first year university students can be ascribed to a number of factors. One of these include a disconnect between lecturers and students and, if addressed, can make a difference not only to individual student success, but…

Socioeconomic inequalities in SA schools

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Rate this Opinion‘Social justice starts at school’ – Prof. Yusuf Sayed (2016), Centre for International Teacher Education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). In the US, the schooling system has for a long time been intended to be the ‘Great equaliser’ by bringing…