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Maths and Science Performance of South Africa's public schools

"This paper summarises the results of four statistical analyses of Senior Certificate and National Senior Certificate results since 1998.Conducted by Professor Charles Simkins, they provide important new insights into the mathematics and science ...

Options for talented learners from disadvantaged backgrounds

"Many learners from disadvantaged backgrounds capable of obtaining university entrance passes in mathematics do not do so either because their schools do not teach mathematics, or the tuition is inferior. In recent years the private sector has ini...

International Best Practice in Schooling Reform What can South Africa learn from other countries?

"The workshop underscored the fact that the South African education system is largely failing the community it is meant to serve. South African learners perform very badly in international tests of fundamental skills such as numeracy and literacy....

Business and schooling reform: What can we learn from experience in the United States?

"The purpose of this workshop was to establish what the South African business sector could learn from the United States and the experience of companies and business funded approaches to system-wide reform. The purpose of the workshop was to ‘thi...

Private Schooling for the poor? International Research raises new questions for South Africa.

"This study explored the private education market and the regulatory and investment climate in a dozen countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and also included detailed case studies of 20 private education companies or instituti...

The future of South African Universities: What role for business? Part 2

"The second round table focused on business’s interests and concerns in this context. Key questions addressed in the course of the day were: What does South Africa need from its universities in the new millennium? What does business need from h...

No Child left behind: Lessons from American school voucher programmes

"In a comprehensive review of America’s public and private school voucher programmes, CHARLES GLENN analyses their outcomes,and argues that South Africa should experiment with school vouchers as a means of expanding access to quality education for...

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 5 No 3

In this bulletin several events within OSSREA for the month of October were discussed. The events includes workshops, an international forum, as well as the appointment of a new executive director. Three featured articles are titled : 1)Violence i...

Some educational problems of East Africa

The organization Voluntary Service overseas sends children from Britain to developing countries to assist in educational programs. It was this that prompted Professor Birley to visit Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika to discuss educational problems wit...

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...

Organizational Commitment of Female Lecturers in higher institutions of learning in Uganda: Its nature and determinant factors 1975-1993

"The study is intended to achieve the following objectives: (a)To find out whether personal variables influence organizational commitment of female academic staff in higher institutions of learning in Uganda. (b) To find out whether job satisfac...

Private Returns to Education in Ghana: Implications for Investments in Schooling and Migration

"This study examines private returns to schooling in Ghana over a seven-year period, and the implications for school investments and migration. The private returns to schooling at higher levels of education have increased for both female and male...

The Determinants of School Attendance and Attainment in Ghana: A Gender Perspective

"This study examines the determinants of school attendance and attainment in Ghana with a view to deriving implications for policy direction. The effect of household resources on current school attendance is higher for daughters than it is for so...

Financing Primary Education for All: Public Expenditure and Education Outcomes in Botswana

"This report presents the Botswana findings from a research project aiming to explore the relationship between public education spending and education outcomes at the primary level in developing countries. The overall project has explored this rel...

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...

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...

The Determinants of Child Schooling in Nigeria

"This study is expected to contribute to the scarce literature on who actually is schooled in Nigeria. The results will identify the differentials in the schooling outcomes of rural and urban households, and in gender to provide useful implicatio...

Value in the Classroom: The Quantity and Quality of South Africa’s Teachers

"Teachers are at the centre of South Africa’s struggling school system. This report has examined the supply of and demand for teachers from a number of angles. It is clear that South Africa cannot continue to rely solely on current systems to trai...

Schooling Reform is Possible Lessons for South Africa from International Experience

"International experiences of schooling reform are varied, but a number of common factors emerged from the presentations. Schooling reform is difficult. And yet, with the right leadership and approach, education systems can make significant gains...

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...

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