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.

New education minister needs to go back to basics to fix problems

Opinion

Minister Siviwe Gwarube’s basic education budget vote speech for the 2024/5 fiscal year was understandably bland and ...

Storms highlight inequality as rain-soaked pupils sit shivering in class

Opinion

On Tuesday as my car snaked through the pounding rain at 6.30am to the school where I work in the mornings, I saw the ...

Doubtful new cabinet has the skills and capabilities to deliver on its mandate

Opinion

If you want to know how a sausage is made, as the saying goes, don’t ask.

Multiple moments create a glimmer of hope for SA

Opinion

One of the most fascinating observations about the proposed Government of National Unity (the concept itself is being ...

Let’s hope the two dominant parties transform themselves

Opinion

I still do not think the SA populace fully grasps the momentous occasion of the recent elections.

Bad news on the education front

Opinion

Whatever your fever dreams might be about the allocation of ministerial portfolios, education will remain firmly in the ...

How about a Government of National Get-Things-Done?

Opinion

The Patriotic Alliance wants home affairs and the EFF wants finance. I told you so.

Brace yourself for more of the same — or worse

Opinion

By the time you read this column, the elections will be over, the ruling party will be scrambling to secure a coalition ...

The most powerful form of discipline is love

Opinion

Mondays I found are the toughest days for teaching high school children from challenging communities.

Why professors of education should not be teaching future teachers

Opinion

Most professors have not taught in schools for decades, and that is part of the problem.