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Restructuring higher education: For what? And how will we measure success?

Several speakers attended this debate at the CDE. Some of the opinions voiced were: Mrs Bradley emphasised the point that South Africa was not producing enough high-quality graduates to set the country on a growth path.Professor Mthembu stressed t...

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 6 No 1

This paper features 4 articles. The first article attempts to assess the universal theme of 'confession' as it appears in two Anglo-Indian novels, namely A.K. Naryan's The Guide and B.Bhattacharya's He Who Rides a Tiger. In the second article the ...

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 8 No 1

The bulletin discussed several workshops and training sessions hosted by OSSREA. Four feature articles discussed the following: Evaluation of the Impact of Agricultural Recovery Programmes on Communal Farming Productivity in Mudavanhu Ward 12 of M...

South Korea's education and skills development: Some lesson for Africa

"This report focuses on the phenomenal educational success of South Korea since the 1960s.The paper is divided into four parts. First, I look at the essential cultural and historical elements and assess the place of education in Korean thought an...

Bringing Together High Level Thinkers and Leaders for Policy Dialogue on South Africa's Future

"The Minister’s presentation was on the new government’s vision and agenda for transforming post-schooling education in South Africa. Minister Nzimande identified a number of key challenges for the education sector in South Africa namely, Buildin...

Perspectives on Poverty in Swaziland: Historical and Contemporary Forms. Report of Swaziland National Workshop

"OSSREA and the local organisers chose the theme of poverty for the current workshop because this demonstrated an awareness of serious problems facing, not only Swaziland, but also many countries in the region. The papers presented at the worksho...

The Role of Social Science Research in the Social, Political and Economic Transformation in Kenya Report of Kenya National Workshop

"The first paper by Prof. Khanna of Moi University entitled Scientific and Industrial Research and Development in Kenya contends that scientific and industrial research must progress simultaneously and that industrial research cannot be done witho...

Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania. Report of Tanzania National Workshop

"The purpose of the paper is to assess the relevance and limitation of economic measures and indicators in gauging poverty alleviation. Regarding CPIs, which make use of prices and quantities of selected commodities, the paper stresses that their ...

Environmental, Social and Economic Development Issues in Zambia's Third Republic. Report of Zambia National Workshop.

"The first paper argues that poverty analysis and reduction in Zambia is generally misconceived because of lack of adequate understanding of its real causes and vision.In the second paper on Prediction of Agricultural Production Using Census Data,...

The Perceived Nature and Extent of Gender Discrimination in the Teaching Profession in Botswana

"This study is designed with three objectives. First, it provides micro-level data that would facilitate a more complete understanding of the nature and extent of gender inequalities and the processes producing them in the modern (formal) workpla...

Accelerating Human Capital Development to Optimise Zambia’s Chances of Harnessing the Demographic Dividend

The policy and programme options are highlighted in this policy brief that Zambia can adopt in order to accelerate human capital development to optimize its chances of harnessing the demographic dividend. In order to enhance the chances of earnin...

Examining Nigeria's Learning Crisis: Can Communities be Mobilized to take Action?

Policy design and interventions in basic education were, until recently, unduly focused on increasing school enrollment in developing countries, with little attention on improving the quality of learning. Using two states in Nigeria – Lagos and Ka...

Analytical Brief on Social Sector Budget 2018: ‘A Mirage in the Social Sector budget’

As Zambia continues on its recovery path, Social Sectors spending remain cardinal to providing both increased and good quality services to its increasing population. The level of resources allocated to these sectors through the National Budget is ...

Investir sur le capital humain: Education et Santé / Investing in Human Capital: Education and Health

Development strategies and policies have always sought to identify the key variable to accelerate wealth creation and thus raise the well being of populations. The focus has been put on the accumulation of physical capital, labor, natural resourc...

Scientific Capacity Development in Climate Change Related disciplines: Analysis of Barriers, Opportunities and Good practice in Africa

This study investigated the needs and experiences of African researchers working in climate change-related disciplines. It focuses largely on early career researchers based at African institutions (largely universities and national and regional re...

Analytical Brief of the 2019 Social Sector Budget: 'A Call for Fairness and Elimination of Wastage'

The 2019 National Budget comes at a time when the Government is facing fiscal constraints. Nevertheless, the Government will still have to deliver essential social services to its population to build on progress made in the past in order to safegu...

Western Cape After School Game Changer: A Violence Prevention Intervention?

Government and civil society in South Africa urgently need to find innovative ways to prevent violence. The Western Cape Government’s After School Game Changer (ASGC) aims to disrupt the pathways for risky and violent behaviours among young people...

Doubling for Growth Addressing the Maths and Science Challenge in South Africa’s Schools

"This report provides an updated review of the state of maths and science schooling and a revised set of recommendations for increasing its output over the next few years, as the first phase of a broader strategy to improve the South African edu...

From Laggard to World Class Reforming Math and Science Eduction in South Africa

"This study is aimed at proposing changes in national education policy as well as practical interventions that will improve the performance of the maths and physical science education system - specifically, to double the pass rate in HG SC maths a...

Vocational Education in South Africa Strategies for Improvement

"This paper is based on research for CDE on the international experience of vocationally-oriented education relevant to South Africa. It summarises what needs to be done to strengthen vocationally-oriented education in South Africa, where school l...

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