Jonathan Jansen is an internationally renowned expert in education, who in 2009 became the first black rector and vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State. He is a regular newspaper contributor, known for his views on transformation, peaceful reconciliation and unity.

Leon’s ‘costly experiment’ slip unsettling

Opinion

In a book on The Firsts we research the lives of those South Africans who became the first black principals of ...

We’ve become masters at the art of doublespeak

Opinion

South Africans are like Pentecostals. We repeat a word, a phrase, an acronym over and over again until it has lost all ...

Manufactured racial outrage just a distraction from society’s real injustices

Opinion

Backlash against Adam Habib is a distraction from much deeper social ills that do not provoke the same reaction

Behind the smoke of student protests

Opinion

If universities gave in to the 15 demands of the South African Union of Students (SAUS), our higher education ...

This is how to break the student debt stalemate

Opinion

It reportedly stands at more than R9bn, but there are ways to address the crisis and avoid the harmful, annual dance

South Africa’s school system still far from inclusive

Opinion

I have a soft spot for broadcast programmes like CCFM and Radio Islam because they bring a spiritual dimension to ...

Education essential to eliminate vaccine hesitancy

Opinion

There is even a fancy phrase for it — vaccine hesitancy. Simply put, it means a reluctance to be vaccinated even when ...

What SA’s kids need are top-notch teachers

Opinion

SA needs to identify its best educators, document their methods, then expose other teachers to them

Hard lessons learnt thanks to Covid must not be wasted

Opinion

The pandemic is almost behind us. With the arrival of the first consignment of vaccines and the encouraging drop in the ...

Our education future is clear, there’s no need to play catch-up

Opinion

If we can steer clear of corruption, there’s certainly money to realign the education delivery model

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