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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

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TRAILBLAZER: Prof Janet Condy, an academic in the Education Faculty, will be delivering her inaugural Professorial Lecture at the Bellville Campus on Monday after she was promoted to a full professor in 2018. TRAILBLAZER: Prof Janet Condy, an academic in the Education Faculty, will be delivering her inaugural Professorial Lecture at the Bellville Campus on Monday after she was promoted to a full professor in 2018.

A seasoned academic in the Education Faculty will be delivering her inaugural Professorial Lecture at the Bellville Campus on Monday.

This follows Prof Janet Condy’s promotion to full professorship in 2018. Condy has graduated three Doctoral students and eight Masters. She has 23 articles published in accredited journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings as well as six chapters in books.

She is currently supervising nine Masters’ students and one Doctoral candidate. The C2 National Research Foundation-rated researcher has examined 25 Masters and three Doctoral studies.

“This is the pinnacle of an academic’s career, and cause for celebration and reflection on the work that has brought me to this position, but it also represents the beginning of yet further and higher intellectual achievements,” she says.

During her speech, she will speak about three influences that changed the trajectory of her career; being introduced to the International Literacy Association, developing a love for the teaching of reading and beginning her research journey. To contextualise the issue of literacy today, Condy will share the dire results of the 2016 international PIRLS literacy tests and the 2018 Western Cape Education Departments Systemic tests.

She concludes by positing that literacy instruction needs an urgent transformation to become an enabler of other sustainable development goals and the long-term driver of social, economic and environmental justice.

Condy obtained her PhD in Education from the University of Cape Town in 2006 after her Masters of Science Degree from Wheelock College in Boston, USA, in 1992.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.