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‘Hey, you can’t talk to girls like that’: Which gender-based violence interventions actually work?

With gender-based violence statistics remaining at shocking levels, South Africans are interrogating the root causes of this social scourge. But what interventions actually work in bringing about real change?

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How to get kids talking about their school day

Some top pointers for parents who want their kids to talk about their school day, without irritating them or having them shut down.

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Is Waldorf still a school for 'hippies', or in fact better at preparing kids for adulthood?

We investigate and dispel some myths of the Waldorf schooling system.

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No internet for over a year at this Western Cape public library

"There are unemployed people who come here and students who wish to apply for tertiary [education]. We turn them all away because the computers are off. The library is small and needs to be extended. It is in a big yard, but the City is not willing to extend it."

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Inspire Africa launches innovative STEAM program in SA schools

"We want to get the youth of today excited, by providing the opportunity for them to learn new skills and use these skills in their future development and employment."

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Can a school really charge a penalty fee for moving a child to another school?

Parents are required to give the school notice of dates when your child will be leaving, in writing, but can the school charge a penalty fee?

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Let’s teach our children to connect as well as count – why schools need more community in the curriculum

Adding community-focused learning to the school curriculum has the potential to make academic learning not only more fun but also more relevant to the real lives of children proposes UK-based researcher.

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The WCED clarifies its stance on the use of electronic media in schools

"The district is currently in conversation with the Film and Publications Board... in terms of additional guidelines for the use of electronic media."

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Lawyer: You can sue if your child is injured at school

"If your child is injured at school or during extra-curricular school activities due to negligence on the part of the school, you may be able to pursue compensation for your child’s personal injury," says Kirstie Haslam of DSC Attorneys.

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Pupils left traumatised after school screenings of violent films

"The material shown was not assessed and the children were given the freedom to leave the class if they so desired," Principle Kinkead-Weekes told Parent24.

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Is homework worthwhile?

Does making kids study in what could be their personal time, pay off?

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Readers respond: School backpacks are too heavy!

"I too remember those days of the giant school bag that left me huffing and puffing by the time I reached the top of the stairwell."

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An expert shares the legal steps you can take if your child gets turned down by schools

If you're a parent and you don't quite know where to find help after your child's been turned down by the schools you applied to, this article's for you. We spoke to an expert for legal advice.

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'Kids have suffered enough': Read one mom's plea to save kids from heavy school bags

"Imagine the suffering of the kids that don't have transport, especially in the hilly area we live in. I really feel so sorry for them."

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"When you build a house you need a foundation": Teachers disagree with the Department's proposed 'no repeat policy'

The Department of Education proposed a 'no repeat policy' for learners in Grade R to 3. Here's what teachers have to say about what that could mean for the future of education in SA.

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OPINION: A smiling Hendrik Verwoerd is not the answer to the education crisis

“What is the use of teaching the Bantu child mathematics when it cannot use it in practice? That is quite absurd. Education must train people in accordance with their opportunities in life, according to the sphere in which they live.”

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Teacher development is critical to rescuing SA’s education system

"You cannot win the war if you don’t train your army." Mounting research is showing that teachers are the key agents for the change needed to deliver quality education to South Africa’s children.

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When exactly do school subsidies take effect? An expert advises

"In the beginning of every year, we apply. We only receive feedback in July/August. Then the school informs you with a statement that you are still liable for the full monthly school fees since January, after getting a subsidy, and that you only qualify for the last 4/5 months."

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School enrolment dates for 2020: Province by province

If your child is going to Grade R (primary school) or Grade 8 (high school) next year, check this page for details on how and when to send your school application, province by province.

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‘Ridiculed in front of my kids’: Readers share that schools still withhold reports

"Parents are being webbed into this devious way of collecting outstanding fees by retaining the learner's report, knowing very well it is emotional blackmail and intimidation."

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Coding and Robotics: not for young children!

Willem van der Velden of the Centre for Creative Education shares his compelling reasons for a more careful choice as to when children should be exposed to Coding and Robotics.

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'Better than nothing at all': Readers respond to the DBE plan to introduce coding from Grade R

“Why destroy the joy in learning by teaching small children, whose major gift is their imagination, with things they are not ready to be interested in?” Readers share their thoughts on the DBE's contentious announcement.

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'Learners need to build pathways': A robotics teaching expert shares her approach to teaching kids these subjects

Many people are excited about the new topic added to the school curriculum and many parents feel it will be a waste of time. Both groups can be correct, it all depends if the implementation is done correctly.
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