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All posts tagged "education"

  • Watch: #UCTShutdown protestors trigger fire extinguishers, disrupt exams

    It has been a tumultuous week for the University of Cape Town (UCT). Although a wave of #FeesMustFall protests have swept through South Africa's universities this month -- including CPUT, the University of the Free State and the Tshwane University of Technology -- #UCTShutdown protests this week propelled the institution's disquiet into the spotlight. A fresh spate of protests began Monday after students demanded a 0% increase to fees for the 2018 academic year. This comes after an 8% hike to fees in 2017. Update:25 Oct 2017, 11:30 The developments regarding attempted shutdown of UCT Read: https://t.co/Mj2vvyFtqa Listen: https://t.co/5JipWNFa5k pic.twitter.com/bcGetDLikT — UCT (@UCT_news) October 25, 2017 On...

  • #Matric2017: SA wishes students well on Twitter

    Can you remember the nerves you felt when walking into that exam venue to write your final paper? Twitter does, and has subsequently bestowed messages of luck to South Africa's Matrics beginning their final exams today. #Matric2017 began trending early Monday on the social network, as users across the country joined together to talk about something that isn't direly depressing for a change. Politicians, Twitterati and universities lead the conversation as ANC MEC Lindiwe Sisulu wished the students "all the best" while calling them the "future of this nation". Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Athol Trollip reiterated that the students' "hard work...

  • 5 huge benefits of augmented reality in the classroom

    Students at Hoërskool Dinamika, a school in the east of Johannesburg, are gathered around a table. Sets of cards are arranged in rows before them. Some students also have the cards in their hands and one has a smartphone out. They're full of smiles and are clearly deeply engrossed in what they are doing. But it's not what you think. They're not on a break. They're actually in class and hard at work learning. The cards are from Super Animals, a promotion by food retailer Pick 'n Pay meant to reward loyal customers. They found their way into the classroom thanks...

  • #AnotherKZNSchool: video of KZN teacher brutally beating students goes viral

    Another school violence video is tonight trending across South Africa's social media timelines, but this time its origin isn't Gauteng. Instead a KwaZulu-Natal school -- believed to be Mdlamfe High in Richards Bay -- is in hot water after a video of an educator violently beating two girls went viral on Twitter. In the video, the educator is seen repetitively lashing the girls with what appears to be a cane, as other students laugh in the background. The second student, who receives markedly more lashings, can also be heard crying in the 88 second long clip. It's unclear what prompted the educator...

  • NSFAS sent a student R14m, she loses it by going viral

    Update: The university told EWN yesterday that she had the money for five months, while the student and chief executive of IntelliMali told The Star she acquired the funds in June. Original article: It's a common meme among students that they're looking to get hit by a car so they can sue, pay off their loans, and get a good amount of time away from school. But one lucky student in the Eastern Cape didn't even need the pain to get that pleasure. The Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape has confirmed it accidentally sent a student R14-million straight to her debit account -- and only noticed when she...

  • Tshwane school gets ‘skinny pants’ to trend on Twitter after protest

    There have been an awful many incidents regarding dress codes and codes of conduct at Gauteng schools this year, but the latest doesn't concern hair at all. Instead, fashion has come under the spotlight. Students at Pretoria West High School in Tshwane on Friday protested against the school's dress code by partaking in a stay away. The current code forbids students from wearing skinny pants. The Gauteng Department of Education issued a statement Monday, confirming that "learning and teaching" at the school "resumed as per normal". Media Statement on #SkinnyPants protest by @EducationGP pic.twitter.com/U9bC7zmfvm — GautengGov (@GautengProvince) August 28, 2017 Unsurprisingly, the issue has stirred conversation...

  • Violent viral videos spark social media storm around Kempton Park school

    Another school in South Africa has this week gone viral on social media for all the wrong reasons. Norkem Park High School, located in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, is at the centre of online furore following a number of violent videos posted to Facebook. Said videos depict a number of the school's students facing off in physical confrontations. An accompanying image also shows one person seemingly bearing a firearm. "This is what it has been happening at Norkem Park High since yesterday until today. Student fights which lead to some of them calling their friend/families to come with Guns to school to help...

  • 8 YouTube channels that’ll make you a much smarter human

    Not every YouTube channel will rot your mind away with videos of wipe-outs and dancing cats. There is actually a part of YouTube that people go to learn. Not only is the site filled with DIY guides and sharp commentary on current affairs, but there are actually channels that will teach you about science, history, the world -- and many other topics you might have never considered. We've scoured past the cat videos (no regrets) to find these gems -- eight YouTube channels that will make you smarter. 1. Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell Kurzgesagt is one of the best educational channels on...

  • Explaining Feenix: the Standard Bank-backed solution to #FeesMustFall

    There’s been a lot said about #FeesMustFall — at least in terms of the hashtag and the social movement it propelled. But in its wake, not many solutions have been penned by private institutions or government. That is until now. Feenix isn't known to many in South Africa, even if the initiative was making itself known across universities as early as July 2016. But this week it officially launched to the wider public, backed by an industry heavyweight in Standard Bank. Having some trouble understanding what we do? Here is a step-by-step guide to your future! pic.twitter.com/zGS2h1XxTv — Feenix.org (@Feenix_org) July 6, 2016 What...

  • Xbox Ones and tiny tablets: this is South Africa’s ‘classroom of the future’

    When I was at school, the most advanced technology we had were space cases, chair bags and desks that didn't creak, but Microsoft and the Cape Town Science Centre's (CTSC) vision of education is quite different indeed. The Observatory-based institution today launched its classroom of the future exhibit to the public, backed by the Redmond tech giants, the likes of Intel, and a number of other technology partners. As one might expect, the exhibit doesn't include traditional text books or ink-based writing equipment, but rather things with screens, buttons and toggles. The exhibit, Microsoft explains, is a combination of what works...

  • Another Stellenbosch bullying video makes rounds on Facebook

    Just when you thought the bullying videos were over for the year, another incident stemming from Stellenbosch has social media up in arms again. The new video, taking place once again at Stellenbosch's Luckoff High, was initially uploaded to Facebook by the Crime Intelligence and Community Awareness (CICA) page. According to CICA, the incident took place this week at Luckoff, and was sent to them by a follower. The video depicts a larger female pupil attacking a smaller female pupil. Although the video is just under 60 seconds long, a few punches are thrown before a male pupil steps in to...

  • Programme fosters pool of tech talent to address SA unemployment

    Nomusa Sithole has a diploma, but struggled to secure a job in the field she studied for. She ended up working at a restaurant for several months which she didn't like. She was overqualified and underpaid. This all changed after Sithole heard about CapaCiTi, which is a tech skills development and placement initiative in Cape Town. She ended up joining an Advanced Java Programming Certification Programme and managed to find a permanent job in the field she enjoys. Sithole is one of over 500 previously unemployed youth who CapaCiTi has trained since the programme was first launched as a pilot...

  • South Africa seriously needs to fix its education system to develop a knowledge economy

    South Africa’s education system is in a bad state. That was the grim message conveyed by Prof Roy du Pré (pictured above), chairperson of South African Technology & Training Platform at the recent SA Innovation Summit. It's easy to see what he means, especially if you combine all the headlines of the last few years -- from having the worst maths, science education in world to 80% of South African schools being labelled dysfunctional. There are, however, some inspiring programmes trying to tackle various challenges faced by the country's education system. From teaching children robotics and programming to partnering business leaders...

  • 10 technologies that will have a huge impact on education in 2015 and beyond

    Technology has the capacity to fundamentally change every aspect of our lives. There are few sectors where this is more visible and obvious than education. According to technology research house Gartner, worldwide education sector spending is forecast to grow 2.3% to reach US$67.8-billion in 2015. This forecast includes higher education as well as primary and secondary schools. In Western Europe alone, education institutions will spend US$16.3-billion on technology products and services in 2015. Of course the situation isn't the same across the globe, but even initiatives such as Google's Connected Classrooms and Free access to Wikipedia are changing the way...

  • Vodafone’s digital school in a box will benefit 15 000 child refugees

    The Vodafone Foundation has announced an initiative called Instant Classroom, a digital school in a box. The concept, which can be set up in 20 minutes, was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The purpose of the initiative, Vodafone says, is to help give children and young adults in poorly resourced refugee camps the opportunity to continue their education. The company says this year alone Instant Classroom will provide up to 15 000 children and young adults aged from seven to 20 with advanced teaching aids that are currently only available in a minority of schools in developed nations. Instant...