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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.

This education bill can break your heart


BELA was my first girlfriend, but she left me for another woman.

Why youngsters kick the trade option to the curb


If you want to see South African citizens agree on anything with respect to education — and that’s not easy — talk ...

So, what does that matric certificate actually do for you?


Since the release of the “matric” (National Senior Certificate) results, I have been inundated with calls from parents ...

Foundation of SA's school systems must be strengthened


Which 80% do you choose to believe is the better indicator of the health of the SA school system?

Be prepared to learn, unlearn and relearn


Education is not only what you learn in school.

It’s our time to eat


Three generations around the day-after-Christmas table and the discussion inevitably turns to politics.

The most powerful gift you can give this Christmas


We miss the simple things about Christmas like the fact that Jesus was born in a manger, that long trough in which ...

The problem with NSFAS


The National Student Financial Aid Scheme is the Denel, the Prasa and the SAA of higher education.

Legends who worked wonders for education


This week I participated in a book launch about Legends: People who changed SA for the better.

Teachers with ‘bounceability’ make all the difference


After more than 40 years of working with schools around the world, I have discovered the one characteristic that ...