A working partnership to address crime and violence in schools was established in 2011 between the Ministry of Police and the Department of Basic Education called “The Protocol”. But most Members of the portfolio committee on basic Education were skeptical about whether the protocol is working or even if it is able to reduce crime at schools at all
Racial tension between the ‘Coloured’ community of Klipspruit and ‘African’ teachers sparked a huge debate around blackness. The source of the tension was the appointment of a new principal at Klipspruit West High. Soon the tensions spread to Eldorado Park, leading to the withdrawal by the teacher’s union, SADTU, of its members from work.
Ululations, clapping of hands and dancing occurred at Dedeni Primary school in Lusikisiki, north of Port St Johns, when the Eastern Cape Department of Education delivered 10 mobile classes and toilets early this month.
Several foreign nationals staying in Kraaifontein are not sure whether their children will continue learning after they received warnings from schools that they should get refugee permits even when born in South Africa.
The proposal to amend a bill that could allow for the selling of alcohol on school premises, has not been welcomed by many in the Western Cape Province. This is after the provincial Department of Education proposed this bill as a means of raising funds for schools. Elitsha asked some of the different parties for their views on the matter.
Thousands of students from three Eastern Cape universities may not receive payments from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) this year. According to a report released by NSFAS, this is due to the fact that some students didn’t sign their agreement forms for funding.
When the Eastern Cape Department of Education failed to provide their children with a school, parents of Dedeni village in Lusikisiki, north of Port St Johns, took matters into their own hands.
A school in the Eastern Cape that provides special education to intellectually disabled children is facing a myriad of challenges. The school has an acute shortage of teachers, overcrowding and a critical shortage of special teaching guides.
Luthando Luvuyo Special School in Port Elizabeth. It has been plagued by staff shortages and overcrowding in its classes. The school is also in need of more classrooms. To compound the school’s predicament, next to it is Sharpeville informal settlement.
The Old Lansdowne road in Philippi has extremely heavy traffic, which causes hundreds of accidents involving cyclists, pedestrians and cars every year. The most pedestrians that are in danger are school children because they travel to and from school almost 200 times per year.
Residents of Philipi East have vowed to make the area ungovernable if the government does not fix the dilapidated school building.