Better local governance can make classrooms happier and more productive.
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Local governance can have a real effect - positive or negative - on the quality of schooling.
Schools can offer their pupils valuable support systems even if they’re short on resources.
Schools that have supportive strategies in place can offer buffers. They can promote positive outcomes -- for pupils and teachers.
Having good, well-trained teachers in their early lives benefits children enormously.
Many people look down on foundation phase teachers, believing it requires little training or expertise. This couldn't be further from the truth.
There are big problems in South Africa’s school systems. These aren’t often discussed when matric results are released.
South Africa's annual matric pass rate obscures important differences in provincial achievements, the rural and urban divide and the unequal outcomes for learners in poorer schools.
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Teachers in South Africa need far more high quality professional development, policy direction and support to take social cohesion from concept to classroom
Religious teachers can feel uncomfortable explaining the science of evolution to their pupils.
Many South African teachers don't accept the theory of evolution. They feel deeply conflicted when they have to teach it to their pupils as part of the life sciences curriculum.
Low-cost private schooling isn’t accessible to children in Nigeria’s rural areas.
It's unusual for children in Nigeria's rural areas to have any access to private schooling, even if it's of the low-cost variety. They must rely instead on poorly resourced government schools.
Brazilian educator Paulo Freire wrote extensively about education that oppresses.
The lessons Paulo Freire learnt nearly 90 years ago and the theories he developed from painful personal experience still resonate across Africa's schooling systems today.
Education can change girls’ lives: an extra year of education can raise a girl’s future wages by between 10% and 20%.
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Girls’ lives are still entangled in a culture whose custodians happen to be men.
Children with albinism often have poor eyesight, so classroom seating plans are important.
In Tanzania, where albinism is common, there's plenty that ordinary teachers can do to support students with albinism – much of it quite simple.
Good teaching, well supported schools and involved communities can all help to mend an education system.
Even poor, badly resourced schools can perform well when teachers, the education department, parents and a school's broader community work together.
School fee exemptions that are meant to help poor families can actually cause them major problems.
South Africa's fee exemption system is at the heart of a deepening divide in the country's school sector. It's time for a major relook at how this policy is applied.
The beginning of any child’s school career can be a scary time. But parents and teachers can make it easier.
It takes a combination of people, places and activities to make school a happy environment for kids. Here's how teachers and parents can get involved.
Prospective students rush the gates of the University of Johannesburg during a deadly 2012 stampede. Are South Africa’s universities ready for the latest crop of matriculants?
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South Africa's matric results and data from national benchmarking tests suggest that many school leavers aren't ready for university. It's also worth asking: are universities ready for them?
South Africa’s matric results are held up as probably the most important moment in the basic education system.
Their school careers are over – but what did South Africa's matric class of 2015 actually learn, and how many of them are ready for what comes next?
The majority of children in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania are attending school – but the evidence suggests they’re not all learning.
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More and more children are attending primary school in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. But there are worryingly large gaps in their learning.
Extensive research shows that textbooks are crucial to children’s learning.
Textbooks have been at the centre of two major South African court cases. They may not be a magical cure for all the country's education ills, but research shows they are a critical part of learning.
Girls walk to school in South Africa’s poor Eastern Cape province.
A lot has changed for the better in South Africa's education system - but inequality remains a thorn in the country's side. How can we disrupt educational inequality?
South African teachers say it's a struggle to apply their training about "inclusive education" in crowded, stressful classroom situations.
It’s high stakes when the education minister announces South Africa’s matric results.
In South Africa, as in many countries, the release of senior secondary school exam results, referred to locally as “the Matric”, causes a media furore every year. At 18-years-old, students either pass…