Decolonised African education is urgent but has slipped off the agenda, participants heard at a recent symposium. The bigger question: What does it look like?
Takunda Chitaka, as an academic achiever from a young age, is no stranger to success. Equally, she is no stranger to the challenges that life can present along the way. However, it is not her failures or successes that define her life, but rather her spontaneous and positive approach, which has allowed her to grow as a researcher and a human being. She will be graduating with her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in December 2020.
UCT moved from 121st to 103rd position in the 2021 US News & World Report Best Global Universities rankings, tied with Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, and was ranked in the top 100 for six subjects, including an outstanding top 10 ranking for infectious diseases.
Teachers still hold the key to children’s learning and no keyboard or screen can replace their role.
Most educators have no experience nor did they receive preparation during their training on how to deal with teaching in a crisis.
Fellowships should recognise that women may have different responsibilities when it comes to domestic chores and care of the family. This influences their academic opportunities and career choices.
A number of programmes now exist that are helping to close the gender gap in African science, technology, engineering and maths.
Rates of suicidal behaviour are higher among South African students than among the general population or students in other countries. Understanding why will help shape prevention efforts.
Department of Basic Education says situation will improve with schools returning.