School security remains one of the biggest problems in the Western Cape. Four primary schools were robbed at gunpoint during the month of May. The Western Cape Education Department has put up R10,000 reward for information leading to the arrests ,of culprits. School principals and Equal Education believe the reward does not address the problem of school safety.
Walter Sisulu University management has claimed poverty as a reason for not attending to student complaints and demands for improved conditions in the university’s residences.
The Eastern Cape Education MEC recently visited the school where a Grade R learner drowned in a pit-latrine and promised to build toilets.
Students at Walter Sisulu University in Butterworth have shut the Ibika campus following the withdrawal of accreditation for the civil engineering degree and student leaders are busy negotiating with management on this and other issues.
Accommodation problems at some institutions of higher learning in Eastern Cape have affected learning and teaching.
Sources of funding for free higher education still remain a mystery and the panelists, students and education activists attending a symposium on the topic at Tshisimani Centre were concerned that other government programs might be affected.
Teaching and learning has been badly affected by the lack of accommodation at the East London campus of Fort Hare University, while living conditions for students at the main campus in Alice are just as bad.
The Eastern Cape fared poorly in the 2017 matric results and the lack of especially mathematics teachers is cited as one of the reasons. Only 42% of the province’s pupils who wrote pure maths passed the subject.
Learning and teaching is compromised in one of the schools affected by a recent storm in the Eastern Cape. The Department of Education claims that Disaster Management has not finalised the report, three weeks after the school’s roof was damaged.
The redeployment of teachers is presenting some challenges for communities and schools in the Eastern Cape, since the decisions of school administrators can be irrational and can anger parents and learners.
The Portfolio on Committee on Higher Education and Training visited four institutions of higher learning this week to assess their readiness for 2018 academic year.
The teaching of isiXhosa as a subject at Capricorn Primary School in Vrygrond has been delayed. It is time learners should be taught all three official languages – isiXhosa, Afrikaans and English – says the Vrygrond Community Development Forum (VCDF).