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Politics

ANC North West factions fight on

Yesterday at 20:55 PM, via Mail & Guardian

Premier Job Mokgoro’s hearing begins despite move to stop it by party secretary general Ace Magashule

Education

Gavin Williamson urges transformation as English schools return

Today at 12:27 PM, via The Guardian

Ofsted head calls for caution about change, as minister considers longer days in class and five-term years

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Ministers need to be cautious about lengthening the school day or changing holidays as a means for pupils to catch up after Covid, the head of Ofsted has said, as Gavin Williamson called for a “transformative” reform to the...

Education

Pupil wellbeing must be priority, teachers say as classrooms in England reopen

Today at 11:00 AM, via The Guardian

Heads emphasise play and getting children back into routines, not trying to catch up on months of curriculum

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Schools will prioritise pupils’ emotional and physical needs when classrooms fully reopen tomorrow, as two major reports warn of a crisis in children’s wellbeing and in the opportunities to play with their friends.

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Education

The schools pandemic recovery plan must ensure the attainment gap does not widen

Today at 11:00 AM, via The Guardian

Radical solutions encompassing sport, music and drama are needed so that pupils can rally from a challenging year

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First and foremost, I am a teacher. In the classroom, or outside it as the years have gone by, my priority has always been children and young people – particularly the most disadvantaged.

I took the post of education...

Education

Enough of the ‘lost generation’. Instead, let’s reimagine school for our children | Peter Hyman

Today at 10:15 AM, via The Guardian

The return to class is a chance to put young people’s wellbeing at the heart of education

Humans are wired for storytelling. A compelling story can be a comfort or an inspiration; raising our sights, stirring our emotions. So, as children return to school tomorrow, they deserve a better story than the one being told with the big, fat, gloomy title of “lost generation”.

This is not a lost...

Lifestyle

Bring the joy of reading to kids who need it most

Today at 07:04 AM, via Times Live

‘Storytime: South African Stories for Children’, published by Book Dash, consists of four delightfully illustrated tales, and we’re offering 10 readers the opportunity to donate 2,000 copies of the book to deserving ECD centres, libraries and primary schools.

Lifestyle

A whodunit from the heart

Today at 06:56 AM, via Times Live

Jane Harper’s new thriller, set thistime in seaside Tasmania, firmlyestablishes her as the Queen ofAussie Noir, writes Jennifer Platt.

Science/Tech

What do near-death experiences mean, and why do they fascinate us?

Today at 12:00 PM, via The Guardian

Psychiatrist Bruce Greyson has spent decades talking to people about near-death experiences. His work raises questions about what happens when we die, and how we ought to choose to live

When Gregg Nome was 24 years old, he slipped into the churn beneath a waterfall and began to drown, his body pummelled against the sandy riverbed. What he saw there surprised him. Suddenly, his vision filled...

Science/Tech

What’s the Best Linux Distro for Enhanced Privacy and Security?

Today at 10:34 AM, via Slashdot

Slashdot reader b-dayyy quotes the Linux Security blog:While all Linux ‘distros’ — or distributed versions of Linux software — are secure by design, certain distros go above and beyond when it comes to protecting users’ privacy and security. We’ve put together a list of our favorite specialized secure Linux distros and spoken with some of their lead developers to find out first-hand what...

Science/Tech

Covid data show sewage monitoring could be vital in infection control

Today at 10:15 AM, via The Guardian

A pilot study’s analysis of schools’ wastewater shows its potential as an early warning system for public health teams

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Schools may have had more Covid-19 infections before Christmas than previous research showed, according to data from a pilot study that senior public health experts believe could provide a crucial early warning system...

Health

How to Play RPGs Online

Today at 06:41 AM, via New York Times

Let the good times roll, as old-school tabletop R.P.G.s have taken off online.

Health

Make Ice Ornaments At Home

Today at 06:22 AM, via New York Times

Ice ornaments reflect winter’s light, like momentary, sun-catching crystals.

Health

Things To Do At Home

Today at 05:42 AM, via New York Times

This week, attend an art lecture, listen to a conversation with the novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen or celebrate Deaf History Month.

Nature

Celebrating World Wildlife Day at the Potberg Cape Vulture colony

Wednesday at 13:15 PM, via CapeNature

By Lusanda Gqaza and Yanga Mbatana (Environmental Education Officers, De Hoop Nature Reserve) On 20 December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), proclaimed 03 March (the day of adopting the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES, in 1973), as World Wildlife Day. This is a day that […]

Nature

World Wildlife Day 2021

Wednesday at 12:12 PM, via CapeNature

World Wildlife Day is celebrated on 3 March every year as an opportunity to highlight the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. The Western Cape is a very special place with an abundance of unique and irreplaceable […]

Nature

The ‘LitterCam’ that’s watching you

Wednesday at 02:03 AM, via BBC News

AI software can now match footage of motorists throwing rubbish with their car’s number plate and issue an automatic fine .

Nature

Matrics in De Hoop – In their own words

27 February at 23:05 PM, via CapeNature

On the weekend of 19-21 five 2020 Matric learners were hosted by CapeNature and world-renowned adventurer Riaan Manser at the De Hoop Nature Reserve. These five matriculants; Jama Paliso, Hannah Chetty, Abdullah Seedat, Silondukhule Nquma and Lucy can der Meulen were the runners up in a campaign that saw five other students join Manser on […]