Taylor contented despite limited role at World T20

first_imgWest Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor said though he only played in one of six matches in the just-concluded ICC World Twenty20 World Cup in India, he is more than elated that the team was able to recapture the crown.”It’s a team effort, and a win is a win,” he said, shortly after the arrival of the Jamaican members of the team on Tuesday in Kingston.”We knew when we left here (the Caribbean) that all 15 of us could not play at the same time.”The nature of the wickets called for adjustments to be made, and the selectors chose horses for courses,” he added.Taylor, who claimed none for 30 off three overs in the team’s tournament-opening six-wicket win over England, also explained that the decisions taken were supported by team members.”It (to leave him out) was a team decision, as both players, management and everyone, we took unto ourselves to say that if that’s the best case, then go with whatever decisions are made.”The 31-year-old, who said his focus would now turn to the upcoming Caribbean Tri-Nation series, involving Australia and South Africa, as well as the planned Test tour by India, also gave insight as to what the feeling was like in the players’ dressing room in the last over of the final.Needing a challenging 19 runs off the over with the previously unheralded all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, who made 34 not out off just 10 balls, smashed four sixes off the first four deliveries to seal the win at 161 for six.England had earlier made 155 for nine.”For me, it was never over until the fat lady sings,” Taylor said.”We had some guys, who were feeling down and out by the moment. But we had guys, like myself, who was still pretty optimistic, this knowing the power hitters that we had at the wicket in Carlos Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels, who were set at the time and striking the ball pretty well.”He said he was happy to have played a part in making the Caribbean proud.”The way the guys turned up and put the team and the people of the Caribbean in front was brilliant,” he said.- J. L.last_img read more

East La Penitence vendor robbed at gunpoint

first_imgCyral Belcaram of Gordon Street, Kitty Georgetown, a stallholder of the East La Penitence Market, was held at gunpoint by a lone gunman who entered the market and confiscated his gold chain, a gold ring, a Samsung Galaxy S8 cellular phone, and $330,000 in cash.Based on information received, the incident occurred at about 13:30h on Tuesday, while the victim was sitting in a chair with the back door of his stall open. He suddenly heard a voice saying, “Don’t move, give me everything”, and as he spun around, he was confronted by the suspect, who was armed with a hand gun.The armed man reportedly first confiscated the jewellery Belcaram was wearing. Not satisfied, he then went into the man’s pocket and took away his cash. After committing the act, the young man exited the market and escaped on a black motorcycle. An alarm was raised and the Police were summoned.The Police are yet to extract footage from CCTV cameras in the area, but several persons were questioned as Police continue their investigations.last_img read more

Hugh Grant tells talkSPORT: I want Danny Murphy as Fulham manager!

first_imgHugh Grant says if Fulham owner Shahid Khan has any Sense and Sensibility he will appoint Danny Murphy as the club’s manager.Murphy is part of a five-man committee set up by Khan to determine who should succeed Felix Magath, but Grant insists he be should acting out the role of boss.The ardent Fulham fan, star of a host of Hollywood hits, told talkSPORT: “Why can’t it be Danny?“I want him to do it. He has proper Fulham blood in him and I think he would be perfect.“He gets Fulham. He was talismanic when he was playing and has a kind of natural authority. I think he should resign from talkSPORT!”last_img

The seed of Rovers begins to grow in The Glen

first_imgA young soccer team in the Glenswilly area is growing from strength to strength.Glen Rovers was started by a couple of parents who wanted their children to be able to join a football club, but quickly realised that they could only do this with teams outside the local area.They believed that there were enough children available to start off a small club and held a training session in LYIT in June 2016 to see if it would be viable. Nearly 40 children aged 10 and under turned up for training that evening. Since then a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes getting the club affiliated with the Donegal Schoolboys League and securing a home pitch at the local national school.We have fixtures at U8, U9, U10 and U11 age groups. Training takes place in the Aura on a Wednesday evening and at present they have close to 100 children primarily from the Glenswilly area, aged U11 and below turning up.Glen rovers plan to have an U12 team available for competitive fixtures for the 2018 season.But although the club began in 2016, there is a deeper history behind it in the 1980’s local man Finbar Glackin set up a senior team called Glen Rovers. “When we were considering a name for our schoolboy club, it could only ever have been Glen Rovers too,” said a spokesman for the club.Kernans and Top Oil Ireland are happy to be associated with Glen Rovers and hope they continue to grow from strength to strength over the next few years.Edel Frize, Laura McFadden (Kernans Spar Tullygay), Gary Cullen (Glen Rovers) Anthony Kernan, Gabriel Duffy (Top Oil)The seed of Rovers begins to grow in The Glen was last modified: March 13th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGlen Roversglenswillylast_img read more

Montañez eyes council seat of competitor in Senate race

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“My whole goal and passion has been to represent the San Fernando Valley. If I can’t do it in the Senate seat from East to West valley, then I definitely want the opportunity to do it in northeast San Fernando Valley,” Montañez said. “It’s never been about titles for me.” If successful in her bid for Padilla’s seat, Montañez would join a growing list of politicians who move from Sacramento to the horseshoe of the Los Angeles City Council – including Villaraigosa, who was a councilman before being elected mayor, and Councilmen Tony Cardenas and Herb Wesson. It’s the term-limit shuffle. “An unforseen consequence of term limits has been this type of leapfrogging between positions,” said Tim Hodson, director of the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. Conceding defeat early Wednesday in the race for the 20th District Senate seat, Assemblywoman Cindy Montañez announced she will run for the City Council seat of her competitor, Councilman Alex Padilla. In November, Padilla is running against Libertarian Pamela J. Brown, an economics professor from Northridge, in the largely Democratic district now held by termed-out Sen. Richard Alarc n. Should he win, it will leave his northeast San Fernando City Council seat empty. Montañez gave up her 39th Assembly seat and will be out of office by the end of the year. Alarc n is the leading candidate for her job. At the suggestion of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who endorsed her Senate campaign, Montañez said she’ll seek Padilla’s seat in an expected special election next spring. “People who go into public service do so because of commitment to public serve. It’s not going to end when there’s an artificial limit to their service.” The result may even have some advantage for Angelenos, who can benefit from having council members familiar with how the state budget works in Sacramento, Hodson added. But Montañez may have a familiar rival for the 7th District City Council seat, which includes Pacoima and Sylmar. Felipe Fuentes, Padilla’s chief of staff and Mayor James Hahn’s former deputy mayor for the Valley, said he may run for his boss’ job, too. “I’m considering it very very seriously. I haven’t made a final decision, but I believe I’m uniquely qualified to continue the work we’ve started,” he said. As for Padilla, he took questions while sitting down Wednesday after a long night waiting for election returns. “I’m a little tired, but it’s a good tired. We’ve been working hard for 10 months,” he said. The councilman is expected to take the Senate seat in December and plans to focus on keeping state hands away from local government budgets, public safety programs and helping reform public education. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA: SECONDARY SCHOOLS GAA MEETING

first_imgRúnaí    Gareth Doherty, Coláiste na Carraige, Carrick, Co. Donegal Fón 086 3126810 e-mail garethdoherty@hotmail.com C.L.C.G. na nGairmscol   Dún na nGall    To All GAA School Liaison Teachers05th September 2012  Notice of MeetingDate: Monday 17th September Venue: Finn Valley College Time:   7.30pmA meeting of C. L. C. G. na nGairmscoileanna will be held at the date and time as stated above. Agenda:Organisation of Handball and Hurling Committees Report from an Cisteoir– Payment for All-Ireland Tickets €80 will be received. Please mark Hurling and Football payments clearly on the cheque  Gareth DohertyGairm ScoileannaAbbey V.S. (Donegal Town) Carrick V.S. Crana College (Buncrana)    Coláiste Ailigh Leitir Ceannann (Letterkenny) Killybegs V.S.G.S.Chú Uladh (Ballinamore) Letterkenny V.S. Magh-Ene College (Bundoran) Stranorlar V.S.  Mulroy College (Milford)Moville Community College  Deele College (Raphoe)Pobal Scoileanna & Scoileanna ComhsuiteachaCarndonagh C.S. P.S. Cloich Cheann Fhaola (Falcarragh) P.S.Gaoth Dobhair (Gweedore)  St. Columbas C.S.(Glenties) Loreto C.S. (Milford)ColáistíScoil Mhuire (Buncrana)    St. Columba’s College (Stranorlar)RúnaíGAA: SECONDARY SCHOOLS GAA MEETING was last modified: September 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: SECONDARY SCHOOLS GAA MEETINGlast_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL FROM DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS ATHLETICS FINALS AT FINN VALLEY

first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: There was a fantastic atmosphere and turnout as always for the Annual Donegal Primary Schools Athletics Finals at Finn Valley.Hundreds of schoolchildren participated across a wide range of sports and enjoyed a superb day out. The pictures above by Conor McGonagle show the joy and elation for those lucky enough to get on the winning podium and from all those who took part and represented their school’s so well.Well done to all involved. 🙂PICTURE SPECIAL FROM DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS ATHLETICS FINALS AT FINN VALLEY was last modified: May 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:athleticsfinn valleynewspicture specialPrimaryschoolsSportlast_img read more

DD LOCAL: LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH TO HOST STRESS MANAGEMENT COURSE

first_img• In the New Year we are hoping to run the ASIST programme (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) this is a two day skills building workshop in Suicide first aid delivered by the HSE. This course would be suitable for caregivers who regularly have contact with vulnerable groups in their work or role in the community. If you would be interested in taking part please contact reception on 074 91 41773!• Mental Well Being Programme: This programme is open to all women. It aims to improve overall mental well-being using a holistic approach. The programme will highlight the value of nurturing, enable you to better manage stress, learn useful relaxation techniques and equip you with skills to maintain mental well-being and enhance the quality of your life moving forward! This programme runs in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre on a Monday Morning from 10.30-12.30 for more information contact reception on 074 91 41773!• Self Management Course: This programme runs on Wednesday morning from 10am-1pm. For further information please contact the centre on 074 91 41773. • Stress Management programme: This programme aims to help you tackle many of the problems you face at their root where you have some control over the situation, it targets the causes of stress quickly and effectively. Where you have no control, it helps you build buffers against stress. This programme will run on a Wednesday morning in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre from 10.30-12.30 starting on 30th October-5th December. For more information contact reception on 074 91 41773!• Parent and Toddler Group: Parent and Toddler group runs on a Wednesday morning from 10.30-12.30 in the ABC Centre Lifford. Life start will be attending to facilitate Messy Play, Fun and games, Arts and Crafts with the children. For more information please contact reception on 074 91 41773 or Feel free to pop in on the day.• Driver Theory and Gardening: The following courses will commence in the next few weeks in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. If you would be interested in taking part please contact reception on 074 91 41773!• Clothes Appeal: Blossoms charity shop is appealing for donations. We are looking for clothes, shoes, belts, bags, bric-a-brac, toys and books (in good condition). Items can be dropped into the Resource Centre when the shop is closed. “Many thanks” • “Blossoms” Charity Shop: We are currently looking for volunteers for our local charity shop “Blossoms”. This shop generates much needed income to help the running costs of the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. Without the help of volunteers we would not be able to open the shop. The new opening hours of the shop are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12-4pm. If you have any free time to spare and would like to help out please contact reception on 074 91 41773.• New weight loss class on Thuirsdays from 6.30-7.30pm in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre €5.00 per class. There is no joining fee or no penalty fees. Weekly group meetings and weigh in. For more information contact Karen on 086 3470798 www.slimruswithkarenmcglinchey.com• Good Morning Service: We are currently looking for volunteers for our Good Morning Service in Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre. Do you have a few hours per week to spare and would like to join our team of volunteers who make telephone calls to older people each week in their homes. Full training, Monitoring and support are provided for all volunteers. Contact us for more information on 074 93 21598.• Astro Turf Pitch available for hire midweek and weekends (daytime only) for more information contact the centre on 074 91 41773.• Counselling & Support Services: Free Confidential Counselling Support. You can avail of this service free of charge if you are 17 years or over, whether you are Male or Female. Service Available@ Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre, Castlefinn and Manorcunningham. Strictly Appointment Only. For Further information contact 44 784 9223 114. • Young parents Pathways programme Start date to be confirmed: This programme is open to Young parents that would like to learn: Parenting Advice, Personal Development, Health Awareness, Paediatric First Aid and IT Qualification. Also enjoy Fun days out for parents & children, Visits to health spas. All expenses are covered by this programme at no cost to the individual. There is also childcare supplements and free travel available. For further information or to receive an application form Contact 04882 250 962 /0749141773.• Writer’s Group: every Wednesday from 2.30-4.30.• Knitting group: every Wednesday from 8.00-9.30.• Just 4 Me Group: every Monday from 12.45-2.45. • 50+ groups: every Tuesday from 11.30-1.30.• Friday Club: every Friday from 11.00-1.00.DD LOCAL: LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH TO HOST STRESS MANAGEMENT COURSE was last modified: October 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre noteslast_img read more

FINN VALLEY COLLEGE STAND-OFF – MINISTER WILL NOT MEET PARENTS

first_imgMinister for Education Ruairí Quinn TD will NOT meet with a delegation from the Finn Valley School Transport Group when he is in the County tomorrow to officially open the Finn Valley College.The news has been met with huge disappointment by parents and also Senator Brian O Domhnaill.Parents wanted to meet with the Minister to discuss new rules which mean pupils must attend the nearest school to them if they want to avail of school transport. Senator Ó Domhnaill said; “It is extremely disappointing that the Minister with responsibility for Education will not meet with the concerned parents about a very basic School Transport issue. This shows a total disregard for the concerns at the parents.”“The Finn Valley School Transport Group have campaigned constructively on the catchment boundary issue over the last number of months.“I have attended a number of the public meetings on the matter and I know that if the Government proceed with implementing these changes it will prevent students from certain areas of the Finn Valley attending their chosen secondary School – even though other family members may be attending that School.”“With the Minister in the County on Official Department Business I feel he should take a short time to meet the group to hear the very logical and constructive arguments they will make.” he said. Hundreds of parenst and pupils plan a silent protest at the opening. ENDS (For further information 086 8218084)FINN VALLEY COLLEGE STAND-OFF – MINISTER WILL NOT MEET PARENTS was last modified: May 17th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Education in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa has one of the highest rates of public investment in education in the world. Government spending on basic education during 2015/16 is estimated at R203 468-billion. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Brand South Africa ReporterAccording to the Bill of Rights of South Africa’s Constitution, all South Africans have the right to a basic education, including adult basic education and access to further education. The state has an obligation, through reasonable measures, to progressively make this education available and accessible.South Africa has one of the highest rates of public investment in education in the world. At about 7% of gross domestic product (GDP) and 20% of total state expenditure, the government spends more on education than on any other sector.Government spending on basic education during 2015/16 is estimated at R203 468 billion.Over the next three years, roughly R640 billion will go towards basic education.Three bands of educationStructure and responsibilitiesSchool statisticsHigher education and trainingSpending and challengesAction Plan to 2014Three bands of educationSouth Africa’s National Qualifications Framework (NQF) recognises three broad bands of education: General Education and Training, Further Education and Training, and Higher Education and Training.School life spans 13 years or grades, from grade 0, otherwise known as grade R or “reception year”, through to grade 12 or “matric” – the year of matriculation. General Education and Training runs from grade 0 to grade 9.Under the South African Schools Act of 1996, education is compulsory for all South Africans from the age of seven (grade 1) to age 15, or the completion of grade 9.General Education and Training also includes Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET), which is available to adults who want to finish their basic education.Further Education and Training takes place from grades 10 to 12, and also includes career-oriented education and training offered in other Further Education and Training institutions – technical colleges, community colleges and private colleges. Diplomas and certificates are qualifications recognised at this level.The matric pass rate, which was as low as 40% in the late 1990s, has improved considerably. A total of 511 152 candidates sat the matriculation exams in 2012, 73.9% of whom passed. This is an increase of 13.3% since 2009 (60.6%).Structure and responsibilitiesSince 2009, the national Department of Education has been split into two ministries: Basic Education, and Higher Education and Training. Each ministry is responsible for its level of education across the country as a whole, while each of the nine provinces has its own education department.South African Communist Party secretary-general Blade Nzimande is the minister of Higher Education and Training, while former Gauteng Education MEC Angie Motshekga oversees the Ministry of Basic Education.The Ministry of Basic Education focuses on primary and secondary education, as well as early childhood development centres.The Ministry of Higher Education and Training is responsible for tertiary education up to doctorate level, technical and vocational training, as well as adult basic education and training.It also oversees public and private FET colleges, which cater for out-of-school youth and adults. The government aims to have 1-million students enrolled at colleges by 2014.The split also saw the sector education and training authorities (Setas) move from the Department of Labour to Higher Education, aiming to foster a more co-operative approach to skills development.The central government provides a national framework for school policy, but administrative responsibility lies with the provinces. Power is further devolved to grassroots level via elected school governing bodies, which have a significant say in the running of their schools.Private schools and higher education institutions have a fair amount of autonomy, but are expected to fall in line with certain government non-negotiables – no child may be excluded from a school on grounds of his or her race or religion, for example.The Umalusi Council, which is appointed by the minister of Higher Education, sets and monitors standards for general and further education and training, while the Council of Higher Education keeps an eye on higher education and training, including accreditation and quality assurance.School statisticsSouth Africa relies on the matric pass rate as a significant marker of what’s going on in its schools. The matric pass rate, which was as low as 40% in the late 1990s, has improved considerably. South Africa’s 2014 matric students achieved a pass rate of 75.8%. There was an increase in achievements by distinction in subjects such as History: increased from 3.3% to 4.1%, Mathematical Literacy: from 1.8% to 2.4% and Physical Science: 3.0% to 3.3%.The 2015 statistics from the Department of Basic Education show that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination was written by 550 127 full-time learners and 138 533 part-time students, in public and independent schools.In South Africa, the average ratio of learners to teachers is 30.4 to one, which includes educators paid for by school governing bodies. Without those extra posts, the ratio would be 32.3 to one. In general, public schools generally have larger classes than those in independent schools.See a selection of reports to date from the Department of Basic Education’s report, including education statistics for 2014Higher education and trainingHigher Education and Training, or tertiary education, includes education for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, certificates and diplomas, up to the level of the doctoral degree.A matric endorsement is required for the study of university degrees, with a minimum of three subjects passed at the higher, rather than standard, grade, although some universities set additional academic requirements. A standard school-leaving South African senior certificate is sufficient for technical qualifications and diplomas.South Africa has a vibrant higher education sector, with 23 state-funded tertiary institutions: 11 universities, six universities of technology, and six comprehensive institutions. There are also new institutes of higher education, the Northern Cape National Institute for Higher Education, and the Mpumalanga National Institute for Higher Education.Many of South Africa’s universities are world-class academic institutions, at the cutting edge of research in certain spheres. Although subsidised by the state, the universities are autonomous, reporting to their own councils rather than government.See South Africa’s universitiesAccording to figures from the Council of Higher Education, 892 936 students (726 882 undergraduates and 138 610 postgraduates) were enrolled in South Africa’s public higher-education institutions in 2010. Staff employed by these institutions numbered 127 969, with 46 579 of those academic staff.In 2010, the public higher education institutions produced 153 741 qualifications at all levels, with 74 612 qualifications in the human and social sciences; 41 724 in business and commerce; and 37 405 qualifications in science and technology.Higher education is also offered at private institutions, of which there are 88 registered and 27 provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education to confer specific degrees and diplomas.See the Register of Higher Education Institutions [PDF]Since 2009, the Department of Higher Education and Training has also been responsible for Further Education and Training (FET), which covers training provided from Grades 10 to 12, including career-oriented education and training offered in technical colleges, community colleges and private colleges. There are currently around 450 registered FET colleges in South Africa.See the latest Register of Private FET colleges [PDF], which includes colleges’ approved qualifications and contact details.The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) was established in 1999 to make higher education possible for financially disadvantaged students through loans and concessions, such as not charging interest on student loans until 12 months after a student has graduated.See the National Student Financial Aid Scheme website.Spending and challengesCompared with most other countries, education gets a very large slice of the public pie – around 20% of total state expenditure. It receives the largest share of government spending.More money is always needed to address the huge backlogs left by 40 years of apartheid education. Under that system, white South African children received a quality schooling virtually for free, while their black counterparts had only “Bantu education”, a keystone of the overall apartheid system.Although today’s government is working to rectify the imbalances in education, the apartheid legacy remains. Illiteracy rates currently stand at around 18% of adults over 15 years old (about 9-million adults are not functionally literate), teachers in township schools are poorly trained.Despite the challenges, much has been achieved since apartheid legislation was scrapped. For example, in 1993 nearly half of all students in higher education institutions were white, but since 1994, black African enrolments have nearly doubled, growing by 91% (or 4.4% a year) and overall enrolments have grown by 41% (or 2.3% a year).However, South Africa’s student participation rate – that is, the proportion of 18- to 24-year olds in higher education – is a low 16%.Equity has yet to be achieved: almost 58.5% of whites and around 51% of Indians enter higher education. The rate for coloureds is 14.3%, while blacks are even lower at 12%. The reason for this is generally understood as poor quality primary and secondary schooling, which is a priority for the current government.The greatest challenges for schooling lie in the poorer, rural provinces such as the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Schools are generally better resourced in the more affluent provinces such as Gauteng and the Western Cape.Action Plan to 2014The government’s newest strategy for turning education around is known as “Action Plan to 2014: Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2025”, which aims to improve learning and the work of teachers.With a new curriculum at its heart, the focus is on literacy and numeracy. Known as the national Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS), the new curriculum provides very specific guidelines to streamline what is taught in schools with the aim to close the divide between well-resourced and poor schools. Curriculum implementation is supported through the national educational portal, Thutong (Setswana, meaning “place of learning”).Other measures include the introduction of standardised assessments of grade three, six and nine to better track progress; an emphasis on early child development and universal access to Grade R; ensuring learners have access to good quality textbooks; and improving school infrastructure and strengthening school management.Teacher education and development programmes have also been strengthened, including funding for bursaries for trainee teachers.The education of the poorest of the poor remains a priority, and includes two notable programmes. One is no-fee schools, institutions that receive all their required funding from the state and so do not have to charge school fees. These have been carefully identified in the country’s most poverty-stricken areas.The other is the National Schools Nutrition Programme, which gives more than 8.8- million schoolchildren a cooked meal five days a week.Read more about the Action Plan to 2014: Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2025 on the Department of Basic Education’s website.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more