How to fix SA's early-stage reading crisis

SA ranked last out of 50 countries in a 2016 study of grade 4 reading skills - but a study under way is getting some promising results

Malusi Gigaba favours fee-free varsity system

The finance minister’s confirmation comes amid some uncertainty about whether free higher education is on government’s agenda

WATCH: The high cost of getting an education

Gareth Friedlander from Discovery talks to Business Day TV about the cost of education

‘Forgotten’ local colleges in dire straits, says union

Adult basic education union warns of dire working conditions at community colleges

Education bill ‘will drive change’

The Draft Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill has been criticised for limiting the powers of school governing bodies

Fraud and chaos: the four universities keeping government awake at night

Intimidation, unstable student governance and absent leadership also threaten institutions

80,000 Western Cape parents defaulting on school payments

There are 574 public, ordinary, fee-paying schools in the province; this year, the Western Cape Education Department has had to pay out fee compensation to 554 ...

Parents who homeschool object to new, more stringent, government regulations

A draft policy gives government more oversight of parents as teachers, while the ‘irony is parents can no longer trust the state to provide quality ...

Primary school grooms entrepreneurs of the future

The Chartwell Leadership Primary School is teaching young children entrepreneurship to prepare for the real world, writes Michelle Gumede

Council lays law down for varsity departments

The Council for Higher Education downgrades the University of Cape Town’s LLB programme

EXCLUSIVE: Income-contingent loans are not enough to solve fees problem, says Michael Sachs

The former Treasury budget head says it is one way to address the university fees crisis, but loans on their own are not enough

Wits denies it owes funds to Gauteng Department of Health

The allocation to the GDoH for the 2017/18 financial year was in excess of R800-million for this purpose

Campus fee commission ideas too far out of box

Incredulity about plan to use R50bn from a UIF cash surplus and tapping unclaimed pension fund benefits

Walter Sisulu University loses the right to offer law degrees

The Council of Higher Education red-flagged the university in April for hiring under-qualified LLB lecturers

Poverty should be no bar to education, says Muthwa

Outgoing NMMU Derrick Swartz vice-chancellor says Sibongile Muthwa’s appointment is a historic moment in the life of the university

Ten things you should know about the Heher education fees report

One recommendation is that the government should increase its expenditure on higher education and training to at least 1% of GDP

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