Academic institutions are where black intellectuals go to die

By Thabi Myeni Almost three years ago, I wrote an article titled, Dear Academia, Take Us Black. The article came after my first encounter with Fees Must Fall protest action. The observation I made was that UKZN’s academic staff had shut the blinds, got into their cars and drove off to God knows where “intellectuals” …

Matric Results: Who Has Really Failed?

By Lindsay Maasdorp The 2016 matric results have been released and the white-centered view is that the black majority have failed dismally in achieving white standards. Biko says: “Township life alone makes it a miracle for anyone to live up to adulthood.” How is it then possible that white-centered learning that privileges an assessment based …

Zimbabweans to help solve the education crisis in SA

By BO Staff Writer The radical Black Consciousness movement, Black First Land First (BLF), has called upon the government of South Africa and the largest teacher’s trade union, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), to approach our Zimbabwean neighbors to come to the rescue of the ailing South African education system. The call was …

Finland’s flourishing education system

By BO Staff Writer In 2012 the Saunalahti School in Espoo, Finland – which was designed by “an award winning Helsinki firm Verstas Architects” – was opened to some 750 students. It has since schooled hundreds of students, from preschool children to teenagers. It has also gained the reputation of being “the living room of …

UKZN BLF-SM success during SRC elections

Media Statement “You can kill revolutionaries, but you can never kill ideas.” – Thomas Sankara University of KwaZulu Natal BLF-Student Movement (UKZN BLF-SM) would like to thank all the students of the UKZN Howard College Campus who participated and voted in the Student Representetive Council (SRC) elections. Your voices have not fallen into deaf ears. …

Black universities immune to transformation?

Featured Image: An entrance to the University of the Western Cape where student protests and activism have been raging on since last year. Photo: Wikicommons By Ndiphiwe Mkuzo I have concluded! It is much more easier a task asking white Universities to engage in the transformation discussion, persuading them to renegotiate the politics of institutional …