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How lab coats help students see themselves as future scientists

There is no doubt that jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths are important for the progression of our country. Well, here's an innovative way we can get more students interested in the STEM subjects early on.

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How involved are you now that your kids are in primary school?

Gone are the days we carried our preschoolers into the school yard on our hips. When our kids gain independence, we have to make more of an effort, in different ways, to stay connected to their schools and their school work.

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SGB complaints and questions: an expert responds

We got a stream of letters and complaints from parents who serve on a school governing body, who are frustrated with the way things are run. To answer some of these concerns we spoke to Paul Colditz, an expert on governing bodies in South African schools.

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"We're not reconciling our youth with sport, we're dividing them"

A reader responds to racial inclusivity in sports and says, while reconciliation is important and it must be implemented, we need to be careful how we go about it, as we may be creating a culture of "resentment and anger" among our youth.

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Why racial inclusivity in sports should start at primary school level

Over the weekend former Rugby Player of the Year, Ashwin Willemse, made headlines when he stormed off the SuperSport set during a live broadcast. He said he was tired of being labelled a "quota player" and he refused to be "patronised by two individuals (Naas Botha and Nick Mallett) who played in an apartheid/segregated era". Stellenbosch University lecturer Francois Cleophas explains how today's racial division in sport participation is rooted in colonialism. Which is exactly why we should encourage racial inclusivity in sports at primary school level already.

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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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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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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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