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Op-Ed: Technology can revolutionise university access. The Great Reversal: Stats SA claims black youth are less skilled than their parents. The percentage of black African professional, managerial and technical workers aged 25 to 34 has dropped by 2% over the past 20 years, leaving that generation less skilled than previous ones – and less skilled than every other race and age group, according to Statistics South Africa.

The Great Reversal: Stats SA claims black youth are less skilled than their parents

“When parents are better equipped than the children, it’s a sign of regression,” said Statistician-General Pali Lehohla at Monday’s release of ‘The Social Profile of Youth, 2009 – 2014’, the first in a series on vulnerable groups. The Statistics South Africa research paints a bleak picture of failing policy interventions, particularly in education and youth employment. And this is not taking into consideration additional dynamics such as the research showing a stark decline in bachelor degree completion rates among black African and coloured students since the mid-1990s.

Jobs are linked to education levels, and little has changed since 2009. Theconversation. There have been some disquieting contributions to the debate about South Africans' right to access quality public university education.

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Some suggest that it is unsustainable. Such people insist that fee payments are unavoidable. Making free, quality university education available to all would impose a greater burden on the economy, and will only benefit students who can already afford to pay, we are told. As academics working at South African universities and a student involved with the #FeesMustFall movement, we wish to take issue with such perspectives by locating the discussion in its proper context. “Limited resources” are no excuse Any discussion about the provision of health, education and similar public and social goods is unavoidably about a view of society and transformation. Child Gauge 2015 Post schooling. RMF solidarity with fee protests. Oxford students come out in support of protesting UCT peers.

For weeks, some UCT students have been demonstrating for greater transformation at the institution.

Oxford students come out in support of protesting UCT peers

University of Cape Town students stand in front of the Rhodes statue on the campus, a black plastic bag over his head. Using the slogan "Rhodes Must Fall" they are demanding it be taken down as it represents institutional racism. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN Rhodes Must Fall,Cecil John Rhodes statue,UCT students protest against UCT Rhodes statue,UCT vice chancellor Dr Max Price Local. How can we create opportunities for every young South African?

Last week we witnessed an important victory for young South Africans over an out-of-touch government.

How can we create opportunities for every young South African?

This victory was not simply about the freeze on fee increases for the 2016 academic year. Without a firm commitment from government on extra university funding, a 0% fee increase was not a win. The real victory was in the way that education and youth opportunities have now been placed at the very top of our national agenda, where they belong. Funding of education dominates our headlines, opinion pieces and conversations.

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Are 41% of South African FET college students HIV positive? Has the HIV prevalence rate among college students in South Africa risen as high as 41%?

Are 41% of South African FET college students HIV positive?

The New Age newspaper reported that the deputy minister of higher education and training, Mduduzi Manana, “released shocking statistics that revealed that about 41% of students in further education and training (FET) colleges were HIV positive” when he addressed students of the Taletso FET college in Lichtenburg in September. If the statistic was correct, the HIV prevalence rate among students would be nearly four times the national estimate of 11.2%. Could it be? ‘Refers to sexual activities with multiple partners’ Senzohlophe added: BACKGROUND. Icamagu Institute or “Icamagu” was founded in 1998 by Dr Nokuzola Mndende who is an academic, a diviner and above all, a practitioner and leader of African Indigenous Religion.

Senzohlophe added: BACKGROUND

During the time of the establishment of Icamagu Dr Mndende was a lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town. Camagu is a Xhosa term that is used in all the activities that are associated with ancestors. Camagu broadly means, “Be honored”, “Thank you”, “Let it be so”, “I have heard”, “I promise”, “Give respect, dignity and spirituality in the African context”.

In essence, Icamagu Institute aims at teaching the communities about the ways of giving honor to Qamata, the Creator and to the ancestors as intermediaries between the living and the spiritual world. Icamagu also aims to revive indigenous African spirituality as a basis to moral regeneration in the country and beyond. To revive African Traditional Religion and indigenous spirituality in a post-colonial country.

Adolescent suicides: South Africa’s preventable tragedy. “It’s the second morning that I have to face this world without my little girl,” mother Liesl Göttert wrote on Facebook.

Adolescent suicides: South Africa’s preventable tragedy

“I never knew that a human body could produce so many tears … The pain is unbearable. I would gladly have given my life for her to have lived. They could have amputated both my legs, my arms, taken out my heart ... I would have given it all just to see her live a full life.” Göttert is expressing the pain of countless parents. For adolescents, the suicide risk is very real. When Schlebusch released his research in 2011, Sadag’s Cassey Chambers said that teenage suicide was an entirely “preventable tragedy” that could be solved only through education. In a radio interview, a heartbroken Göttert told listeners to pay close attention to their loved ones. Apart from her personal tragedy, Göttert has reason for concern.