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Some students will not encounter a trained maths or science teacher until the latter years of secondary school. from

Why is it so hard to recruit good maths and science teachers?

Lack of confidence, negative attitudes and low student participation rates are just a few of the challenges maths and science teachers face.
Should universities ditch the ATAR and use other ways to select students onto courses? from

Should we scrap the ATAR? What are the alternative options? Experts comment

The ATAR system is cheap and efficient, but it means students are selected to go to university on the basis of a single score which some have claimed is too simplisitc. Is it time for a new system?
We are in danger of returning to a stage where young people from poorer backgrounds have no hope of attending an elite university. from

How universities make inequality worse

Universities must redress, not reinforce, disadvantage by ensuring more students from lower socio-economic backgrounds have the chance to benefit form them.
Don’t be lured into collaboration just because it’s what everyone else seems to be doing. from

Ten rules for successful research collaboration

Between 50-75% of all collaborations fail. Here are some tips on how to set up a successful collaboration between academia and industry.
A student beats the statue of Cecil John Rhodes with a belt as it is removed from the University of Cape Town. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Colonial legacy of mining pioneers poses a dilemma for South Africans

The Randlords left a big dilemma in their wake: contemporary South Africa is not sure whether to thank them for bringing civilisation, or to curse them for complicating future race relations.

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