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South Africa’s reading crisis: focus on the root cause - teacher training

South Africa ranked last out of 50 countries in the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy (PIRLS) study - the reading crisis is no overstatement. But here are several strategies that can improve children's reading.

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3 local apps making school admin and finance easier for parents and teachers

Yes, that shiver down your spine at the sound of the words "school", "admin" and "finance" in the same sentence is normal, but these apps just made it a whole lot simpler.

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Hurry! Don't miss the 2019 Gauteng school application deadline

Applications for Gauteng schools are closing on 28 May. Make sure you do yours in time!

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IN PICTURES: Historic schools of South Africa

Did you know some of the oldest schools in the country are more than 200 years old and still going strong? Here's a look at just a few of them with images and history, compliments of Sigi Howes from the Centre for Conservation Education.

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Updated: Maths tuition, apps and videos for SA kids

Does your child need a bit of a boost understanding and practising maths? Or is she bored at school and need some extra stimulation? Try these maths programmes that will put the joy back into mathematical discovery!

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SA's oldest schools: Readers respond

If there's anything we've come to realise since publishing a list of some of the country's oldest schools, it's that memories never die and school pride is forever.

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This list with 200 of South Africa's oldest schools may surprise you

We spoke to the principal and primary researcher for the Centre for Conservation Education, Ms Sigi Howes, about what the history books say about South Africa's oldest schools.

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8 things great teachers do differently

Is it possible to pinpoint what makes a great teacher? Here's 8 ways to go from average to great.

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Why sarcasm is such a brilliantly inclusive and effective way to teach children – not

Children often cannot distinguish between when we're being serious and sarcastic, and while it might not seem like such a big deal to parents and teachers, it can leave children feeling disrespected and alone.

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The ins and outs of school governing bodies

With schools across the country selecting their new governing bodies, Nicola Davies-Laubscher finds out exactly what school governing bodies do and who can serve on them.

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Real-life maths or abstract maths? Why abstraction is so amazing

"We’ve created a space where the rules are minimalistic, yet the games that can be played are endless."

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21 all-time favourite and a few new unique fundraising ideas for schools

From bake sales and auctions to carnivals and sleepovers, we've got all the fundraising ideas you'll need to have a successful school year.

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How education today can combat disasters tomorrow

What history has taught us about education and empowering our kids – the leaders of the future, who could help to shape, manage and prevent climate change crises and wars.

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Multilingualism in education must be celebrated as a resource, not a problem

There are 11 official languages in South Africa, all of which should be celebrated this International Mother Language Day.

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How SA's many languages can improve education and unlock the youth's potential

Africa’s massive variety of languages should be celebrated as it is the key to empowering the youth and having them contribute sustainably to societal transformation and economic progress.

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Screen time: What schools think about cellphone usage

A rule guide of what South African schools' policies say about the use of cellphones during the hours spent at school and at home.

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The co-ed vs. single-sex school debate

Single-sex or mixed schools – which is best for my child?

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OPINION: Dear Department of Education, leave my child alone!

A concerned and upset parent shares her thoughts on the proposed legislative changes regarding home-schooling in South Africa.

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Home-schooling bill: “Our children are not one-size-fits-all children, why should their education be?”

From agreeing with the proposed amendments to clear reasons why it's flawed, here's what our readers had to say about the proposed BELA bill.

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OPINION: Are you a home-schooling parent? These proposed policy changes impact you (and your pocket) directly

Drastic proposed legislative changes regarding home-schooling in South Africa has caused quite a stir. Parent24 asked the stakeholders for their opinion on what these changes could mean if passed.

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After school clubs aren't always safe spaces: what should be done about it

Getting involved in after-school sports can be positive, but it comes with risks too.

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Why all children must learn their times tables – and fun ways to teach them

Learning times tables could be the key to bringing out the math genius in your child, and according to research the earlier you start the better. Here's how to simplify the process.

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Future skills: 7 essential skills your kids should learn at school to succeed in the future

With the world moving faster nowadays, these are the kinds of skills your children will have to learn and develop in order to keep up.

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No, e-learning will not erode SA's knowledge and cultures, it will aid it

Critics have had their doubts, but e-learning is important for Africa and might just improve African knowledge, says James Njenga from UWC.
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