Today's Big Stories

Jansen: 'Supporting incompetent teachers is holding us back'

In an interview he gave to the Pretoria News yesterday, University of Free State Vice Chancellor and Rector, Professor Jonathan Jansen said that despite the crisis the education sector is facing, union pressures and nationalist sentiments will always trump common sense when it comes to hiring the best teachers regardless of where they come from.

Speaking to John this morning, Prof Jansen said that this is not only reflection on the teachers in the system but on the politics around them and this support of incompetence by teachers unions is what is keeping us back.

Prof Jansen said that we've stagnated and even gone backwards in terms of our Maths and Science pass rate and that we have got to "ask ourselves, what have we been doing for the past 21 years to fix this."

Asked about his view on foreign teachers, Professor Jansen says:

I love Zimbabwean teachers. I would hire a Zimbabwean teacher, just on paper ahead of a South African teacher. They are better trained in subject matter - when you look at township schools with top Maths and Science results, 9 out of 10 it's a Zimbabwean teacher. Secondly, their work ethic is different. They don't come with the long history of dysfunction and disruption. They come to school to work and they deliver. At the end of the work is not about how many teachers you employ, it's whether the children get a deal out of those who teach.

Professor Jonathan Jansen, University of Free State Vice Chancellor and Rector
Read More
Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.

Home-schooled matriculant achieves high marks

Teen in top 1% of Independent Examinations Board has never been in formal classroom, did his matric tuition online

SA teacher shortage about to get worse

SA teacher shortage about to get worse

There is big group of South Africa's teachers that will retire in the next 10 years without enough new teachers to replace them.

Popular articles
KPMG International's meeting with Pravin Gordhan

KPMG International's meeting with Pravin Gordhan

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Pauli van Wyk, a journalist with Scorpio at Daily Maverick.

'KPMG must fall, it's as simple as that' - caller

'KPMG must fall, it's as simple as that' - caller

In the wake of recent allegations, Eusebius McKaiser asks listeners what should happen to KPMG in South Africa.

KPMG SA’s new CEO opens up about the future of the disgraced auditing firm

KPMG SA’s new CEO opens up about the future of the disgraced auditing firm

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews KPMG South Africa CEO Nhlamu Dlomu.

Ocean View activist speaks: We have had 20 murders in 2017 alone

Ocean View activist speaks: We have had 20 murders in 2017 alone

Sharone Daniels, a community activist in Cape Town's Ocean View says they need police intervention to end gang violence.

Civil engineer devises plan to use stormwater in Cape Town

Civil engineer devises plan to use stormwater in Cape Town

Civil engineer and Ph.D. researcher John Okedi speaks to CapeTalk host John Maytham about his plans.

[WATCH] Day-Zero for water running out fast approaching?

[WATCH] Day-Zero for water running out fast approaching?

A government employee emailed John Maytham about what he or she believes is the real state of play with the Cape water crisis.

Sasfin CEO opens up about dumping KPMG

Sasfin CEO opens up about dumping KPMG

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Sasfin CEO Roland Sassoon.