Category Archives: Education

Why student protests in South Africa have turned violent

Why student protests in South Africa have turned violent “Burn to be heard.” This chilling statement has been doing the rounds through word of mouth and social media on South African campuses in recent weeks. The message has to be taken seriously. Buildings and vehicles at several universities have been burned since a new wave…

Higher education hangs in the balance, here are four scenarios

Higher education in South Africa hangs in the balance. Here are four scenarios Higher education in South Africa is at another crossroads. Students have put pressure on the state to offer “fee-free” education to all following their success last year in securing a zero increase in fees for 2015. But the battle over what fee…

‘Born Free’ students see the world through the Prism of Race

South African 'born free' students see the world through the prism of race https://youtu.be/YXvNB7yM86o F A university rugby match degenerated into on-field brawls between black and white students. White Afrikaans-speaking students and black students traded blows over the University of Pretoria’s language policy. Some people are astonished that this is happening nearly 22 years after…

Best Universities in South Africa and The World

The Center for World University Rankings has published its results for 2016, the rankings show show that US universities, Harvard University came out tops, with Stanford second and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in third position. The ranking system uses a number of measurements to score and universities these include, the quality of education and…

Is this Slander Against the Muslim Community?

A Christian school in Linbro Park, Johannesburg that has been accused of being Islamophobic and advocating intolerance of other religions. In a letter sent by the Head of Student Affairs, Bob Fuller to the parents of pupils earlier this month, Fuller makes reference to a Muslim property owner who has built a mosque nearby the…

Mobile phones are disrupting teaching and learning in Africa

How mobile phones are disrupting teaching and learning in Africa Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Africa. Among younger users, basic phones are most common. But more pupils are accessing smartphones that can connect to the internet – and taking them along to school. Phones are often used in school whether they’re allowed or not.…

Why China wants African students to learn Mandarin

Why China wants African students to learn Mandarin While China’s dramatic economic and trade impact on Africa has caught global attention, there has little focus on its role in education. But there are important questions raised by China’s education push into Africa. Why does China run one of the world’s largest short-term training programmes, with…