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Friday, 12 March 2021

CITE hosts Research Café to tackle inequalities in education

QUALITY TEACHING AND LEARNING: The Centre for International Teacher Education will host a seminar to discuss critical issues relating to education and inequality. QUALITY TEACHING AND LEARNING: The Centre for International Teacher Education will host a seminar to discuss critical issues relating to education and inequality.

The Centre for International Teacher Education (CITE) is hard at work ensuring that it’s all systems go for the much-anticipated virtual Research Café on Monday, 15 March 2021.

The seminar programme, which starts at 15H30 and finishes at 17H15 will discuss amongst other things, critical issues relating to education and inequality in South Africa. The Director of CITE who is the South African Research Chair for Teacher Education in the country, Prof Yusuf Sayed, mentions that they will be discussing the stark inequalities in the South African education system by considering the Brackenfell High School conflict and how it challenges efforts at social cohesion in and through education. It will also look at Grade 12 learner results, and how it demonstrates huge disparities in learning outcomes between rich and poor schools. Inequalities in education will further be discussed in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic that has deepened and exacerbated global, regional, national inequities in public education.

Sayed says: “We are well advanced with the preparations and we anticipate lively, productive, and critical conversations about inequalities in and through education and how might they be overcome and addressed.”

A total of 100 guests are expected in this seminar, which will be chaired by the Wits School of Governance Chair in Public Governance, Prof Robert Van Niekerk. Meanwhile, Sayed in conversation with Human Sciences Research Council CEO, Prof Crain Soudien will discuss challenges in realising equitable and quality teaching and learning in South Africa during times of crises and disruptions.

This seminar is part of CITE’s pubic seminar series through which they share and disseminate the research they undertake and it is part of the Centre’s commitment to contributing to evidence-informed education policymaking, bridging the education policy- practice gap. “In particular, we are keen to build on existing initiatives in the field of teaching to develop and deepen the knowledge base and field of teacher education contributing to research and policy dialogues about education policy and teacher education, education in South Africa, regionally and globally,” Sayed says.

This is an important seminar for those interested in addressing inequalities in education and how the country might respond to overcoming and mitigating the challenges and problems that beset the education system. Sayed adds: “In particular, it is an important occasion to reflect and dialogue about the possible ways to effect social justice and equality in and through education for all so that we may build a better education system that reflects the values and ideals of the constitution and National Education Policy Act in South Africa.”

Written by Aphiwe Boyce

Email: boyceap@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Engineering and the Built Environment and Applied Sciences Faculties.