Teachers Oppose 20% Maths Pass Mark

Khayelitsha students protest outside the Department of Education in Cape Town earlier this year about lack of maths and other teachers. Photo: Thembela Ntongana

South African teachers oppose 20% maths pass mark, saying, “We are setting these children up for failure.” A circular sent out by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) states that learners in Grade 7, 8 or 9 who did not achieve 40% in maths, should have their maths marks “condoned” (accepted) if they achieve 20% or above. This means these learners will be promoted to the next grade, even though they would have normally failed maths and had to repeat their … ‘Click here to read full article…’

Protesting Against Knysna’s Politicians

Mayor Eleonore Bouw-Spies versus Activist Mike Hampton

I’m back for a while, protesting against Mayor Eleonore Bouw-Spies and Deputy Mayor Peter Myers failing to be cooperative again. Whilst away, i wasn’t suntanning. I’ve followed up on Parliament, added 6 more submissions to the Public Protector, had the Eden District Public Protector visit, submitted a complaint to the Cape Bar and made 10 PAIA (Promotion to Access Information Act) requests. Most of this necessary because our politicians and municipal officials seem to condone crime, especially that … ‘Click here to read full article…’

Knysna Ranks Low vs Western Cape Municipalities

Knysna Municipality ranked 22 in Western Cape - Good Governance Africa

Contrary to our popular belief, DA-controlled Knysna is not one of the best municipalities in South Africa, not even in the Western Cape. That’s according to Good Governance Africa which ranks Knysna at only #22 out of #25 municipalities provincially, and 48 out of 234 nationally. 5 out of the 6 Western Cape municipalities run by the ANC are higher than us. Of course, facts mustn’t be taken at face value. I’ve asked Mayor Eleonore Bouw-Spies (ex-Speaker) and … ‘Click here to read full article…’

Last Knysna Council Meeting Very Controversial!

Today produced more Knysna political and municipal insanity. SO MUCH OF IT. I’d promised myself not to attend meetings or blog about Knysna politics for 3 months but made a last moment decision to go because it’s traditional for big issues to appear at year end. In my experience, our politicians know that residents are distracted by the holidays – the heat of most issues will vanish over season. Another Acting Municipal Manager has quit. Bevan Ellman, who … ‘Click here to read full article…’