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 …

How Germany and America Differ on Job Training

By Kyle Jaeger The conventional wisdom in America is that landing a good job requires a degree from a four-year college. But in Germany — where the youth unemployment rate is half that of the U.S. — many students pursue a different path, opting for vocational training programs that set them up for careers directly …

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 …

The Forgotten Children Of Blikkiesdorp

By Yerushka Chetty On this bitter cold rainy morning of 18 June 2016 I attended the 2nd meeting called by the residents of Woodstock and Salt River in the Salt River Community Hall to “resist gentrification” which is commonly referred to as stopping evictions.  A group of activists from Western Cape, concerned about the plight …

Friday Letters: My Argument on Education

By Lihle Nyanda Hotep To me education begins with decolonization, decolonization start from within therefore there is no decolonization which can be brought through institution. Know Thyself is more powerful than education. When you send a child to school that child no longer belongs to you but to the system, so here are my suggestions. …