- Cairo: It is a small photograph of a young man on a page in an Egyptian primary-school textbook. But to many watching closely, it is a big step for education in the Arab world.
- Khalid Saeed was the 28-year-old Egyptian computer programmer dragged out of an Internet café and beaten to death by Alexandria police after he posted a video of two of them allegedly divvying up drug money after a bust.
- The Facebook page commemorating his life and expressing outrage over his 2010 death eventually mushroomed into the movement that overthrew president Hosni Mubarak.
- Khalid Saeed’s story will be taught to all second-graders (seven and eight-year-olds) in Egypt, marking a modest attempt at curriculum reform in an otherwise stodgy educational system.
The Education Management Information System (EMIS) statistics for 2012 indicate that Namibia has about 24 660 teachers of whom 1 208 are without teacher training and about 3 000 are underqualified.
"This is a concern to all. Namibia needs more teachers. Namibia needs better teachers. And Namibia needs teachers who optimally deliver at all times. The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers," Namwandi stressed.
In an attempt to rectify the dire situation, UNESCO developed a Teachers Strategy 2012-2015’ that focuses on developing capacity for training and building a high-quality teaching force in those countries most hampered by the lack of teachers, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The establishment of more specialist universities and education campuses for teacher training could see South Africa substantially increasing the quality and quantity of new teachers entering the profession.
A recent report from the National Education Evaluation and Development Unit (NEEDU, which forms part of the Department of Basic Education), was previously presented to the Committee, stating that there were substantial challenges with the quality of teachers and that for this reason it was desirable to develop a new qualification policy for teacher education.