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Teacher ruling necessary

September 20th, 2016

THE article “Court grants Bhisho’s wishes” (Daily Dispatch, September 13) refers. The findings by the Grahamstown High Court for an urgent hearing regarding the redeployment of 4 200 excess teachers in the province is to be welcomed. The pathway to real freedom is having access to decent education. It is only fair that our schools should be allocated enough teachers so there is a teacher in each and every available …


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Education reform needed to ensure brighter future for EC youth

January 8th, 2016

The DA believes that a fresh political leadership who are willing to make the tough calls and adopt best practices and guidance is needed to turn around education in the Eastern Cape. If this ship is to be turned around, the MEC for Education must objectively consider the following: The re-introduction of school inspectors must be fast-tracked. The roll-out of access to Information Technology to all schools. Consolidate the 23 …


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Transferring failing pupils prepares them for a life of mediocrity

March 27th, 2015

The article “MEC:  Don’t pass kids who fail” (Daily Dispatch, March 19) refers.  The Department of Education indicated that 10 districts in the province took a knock in their Grade 12 results due to the transfer in 2014 of Grade 11 pupils who had been in that grade for more than two years. It is a fact that progression of learners was in the past applied in the General Education …


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Red flag up over new legislature catering contractor

October 13th, 2014

THE article “Fraud accused wins tender” (Daily Dispatch, October 7) refers. A red flag must be raised over the Bhisho legislature’s new catering contract with Viwe Vazi’s company, Above and Beyond. Vazi is among the accused who are alleged to have benefited from funds paid by Buffalo City Metro in the Mandela memorial service scandal. It is astonishing that a service provider continues to be appointed despite facing charges of …


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EARLY EDUCATION PHASE CRITICAL — EDMUND VAN VUUREN, THE HERALD

August 28th, 2013

SOUTH Africa’s education system needs as much aid and assistance as possible to get it to the level of success it is capable of attaining. Early childhood education needs just as much attention as any other level of education, if not even more. It is at this stage where children develop all the skills they will need further on in their education. To ensure the growth and stimulation of children …


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OPEN LETTER TO THE PREMIER: PLEASE ACT AGAINST TEACHER SHORTAGES

March 5th, 2013

I feel compelled to write to you, Madam Premier, because it has become very clear that the closure of schools by parents due to teacher shortages is a trend that is spreading throughout the province like wildfire. The situation is clearly beyond the control of the Eastern Cape Department of Education, which has so far done little to address the issue of excess teachers who refuse to move to schools …


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EC PUPILS MIGRATING TO THE WC FOR BETTER QUALITY EDUCATION

January 30th, 2012

It comes as no surprise why parents in the Eastern Cape are choosing to move their children, albeit at great costs and financial sacrifices, to the Western Cape to complete their education. The Eastern Cape education is on the verge of total collapse with the post provisioning of 2012 not fully implemented and educators on a go slow, resulting in a multitude of schools without their full complement of teachers.


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