first_img4 October 2012The education department in South Africa’s Gauteng province has intensified interventions over the past financial year to address the quality of learning in literacy, languages and mathematics.Presenting the department’s report for the past financial year in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Education MEC Barbara Creecy said the department had made strides in implementing quality education, especially in poor schools.The report focused on progress made against goals set as a province for 2010/2011 to improve the learner outcome and ultimately improve the quality of education offered across the province.Coaching for foundation phase teachersAchievements included the successful implementation of the innovative foundation phase to improve the quality of teaching and learning in literacy and numeracy in targeted schools.A first for the country was the department’s introduction of a coaching programme to support teachers in the foundation phase.“We targeted 792 under-performing primary schools, where all 6 496 teachers in the foundation phase were provided with quarterly lesson plans and were trained quarterly on the use of the lesson plans,” Creecy said.“All learners were provided with workbooks and graded readers in all official languages and each foundation classroom was provided with two library trollies containing a total of 120 books each.”Identifying content gaps and backlogsThe Secondary Schools Intervention Programme (SSIP) was implemented to improve learning in Grades 8 and 9 and the department targeted teachers in 391 under- performing secondary schools for training in problem areas in mathematics and science teaching.“We trained a total of 6 765 FET teachers in science and mathematics content where we identified content gaps and backlogs,” she said.The department also managed to intensify its interventions for Grades 10 to 12 through SSIP, which has seen an improvement in the performance of learners in the 2011 Senior Certificate Examination.The department, which has set a target of 80% pass rate in Grade 12, has through SSIP managed to achieve a pass rate of 81.1%.Improving safety in high-risk schoolsCreecy said the most notable achievement by the department was the implementation of the school safety strategy in all priority high risk schools.“We promised to improve the security at schools and employed over 6 500 school patrollers to provide security at schools which has resulted in a decline in burglaries at school,” Creecy said.In addition, the department has successfully implemented measures to improve on the audit outcome in 2011/12; this Creecy said has assisted in improving the public accountability of the funds voted to the department to deliver quality education.“I’m also pleased that the department has managed to improve in its responsibility of carrying out its fiduciary duties and for prudent manner in which the resources voted to the department have been managed, culminating in a third consecutive unqualified audit opinion,” she said.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Government#privacy#web chris cameron Related Posts First they helped prolong the existence of The Pirate Bay by donating bandwidth to its servers, and now Sweden’s Pirate Party – a political group focused on copyright and patent reform – has announced it has created a safe haven for Swedes seeking privacy online. The party isn’t just going to host The Pirate Bay’s bandwidth on government servers with Parliamentary immunity; it has launched a private, no-questions-asked internet service provider (ISP) for the pirate community. “We don’t agree with what they are saying and we don’t agree with the laws they are making so if they have an issue with us, then we will have an issue – but that’s it.”– Gustav NipeKnown as PirateISP, the service seeks to provide anonymity and privacy free of government monitoring to Internet users. PirateISP CEO Gustav Nipe told the website TorrentFreak today that the company has already run some beta tests of the service in the Swedish city of Lund. Pirate ISP plans to build a 5% share in the city before opening up shop in other locations at the end of the summer.PirateISP intends to keep its users’ identities completely private and will even refuse to keep data logs. When asked how the ISP would respond to threats or inquiries from agencies both foreign and domestic, Nipe’s response can be summed up as exuding a “bring it on” mentality. “We don’t agree with what they are saying and we don’t agree with the laws they are making so if they have an issue with us, then we will have an issue – but that’s it,” says Nipe. “It would be a pity to reveal all the tricks that we have, so we will save those for later. But we have ways to ensure that no customer should have to get a sad letter home from [the Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau’s] Henrik Pontén.”It would seem that Scandinavia is at the forefront of radical Internet ideology. At the beginning of July, Finland – a country with very high broadband penetration – announced that access to at least a 1Mbps broadband connection is an inherent right of its citizens.Across the Gulf of Bothnia in Sweden, the Pirate Party is gaining momentum toward its reform wishes concerning free use of the Internet. PirateISP makes no effort to hide the fact that many of its customers will likely use the service to file share, but the company is confident it can defend itself from being shut down. The Swedish government isn’t so sure, and thus it seems an interesting standoff is in store. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

first_imgThere are some people who search for the perfect way to do something. They believe that there is some way to do something that exceeds all others and produces a certain outcome with absolute certainty. When they want some result, they want to discover the one right way that works 100 percent of the time, without fail.As it pertains to prospecting, they want the one right talk track that guarantees their dream client schedules an appointment with them on the first attempt. They want the perfect voicemail, the one that causes their prospective client to pick up the phone, call them back, and ask them for a meeting. They want words that allow them to overcome objections (which really mask their very real concerns) so they can put a date on the calendar. The perfect way would make acquiring appointments easy and certain.When it comes to discovery, they want the magic language that is so compelling to their dream client that they easily create a new opportunity. The perfect question should also pull out all the compelling reasons their prospect should change now. The perfect way would make selling much easier.Your dream client is going to ask you to sharpen your pencil. They have to be responsible to their company and obtain the best deal they can. The perfect way to handle a pricing conversation would be one single approach that works in every single case. No muss, no fuss, just a straight up agreement to a deal at the price you proposed.Selling is a complex, dynamic human interaction, which is to say, it doesn’t lend itself to a single right choice that covers all of the possible variables. Because there is not one right choice for every situation, there is no perfect way; there are only choices.Instead of searching for the perfect way, you should work on perfecting the one who is doing the searching by exploring all of your choices so that you can be more effective. You should also perfect your ability to understand how to help people make the decisions you are asking them to make. This is more difficult work, and it takes time. But the time you spend here will still be less than the time you spend looking for the perfect way. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday shunted out the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police of Sonbhadra, besides ordering action against 13 other officials after they were indicted in an inquiry into the killing of 10 Gond tribals last month over a land dispute.‘FIRs against guilty’ Addressing a press conference at his residence, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said FIRs will be registered against several police and administration officials for alleged irregularities and members of the Adarsh Krishi Sahkari Samiti, Umbha, on charges of land grabbing. The disputed land in Umbha and Saphi villages will also be transferred back and registered in the name of the gram sabha, he said, while announcing that a Special Investigation Team will look into the matter. Mr. Adityanath said departmental proceedings have been initiated against Sonbhadra District Magistrate Ankit Kumar Agrawal and Superintendent of Police Salman Taj Patil for taking “one-sided decision” against the villagers. Directives have been issued to attach Mr. Agrawal and Mr. Patil to the Personnel Department and the DGP Headquarters, respectively, he said. S. Ramalingam has been made the new District Magistrate of Sonbhadra, while Prabhakar Chaudhary is the new Superintendent of Police, officials said. “The entire matter will be probed by an SIT. The SIT will be headed by DIG SIT J. Ravindra Gaud and will have Additional SP Amrita Mishra along with three inspectors. DG SIT R.P. Singh will be monitoring the work of the SIT,” the Chief Minister said. He said another team will be set up under Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Renuka Kumar to look into the issue of land grabbing by “fake” societies in the last 60-70 years in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra.‘No action on report’ “Fake societies in Sonbhadra and Mirzapur have grabbed more than one lakh acre of land. In 1972, the then Chief Minister Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna had constituted a probe committee under Mangaldev Visharad. However, no action was taken as a number of Congress leaders were involved,” Mr. Adityanath said.last_img read more

first_imgAnil KumbleFormer Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Anil Kumble has announced his withdrawal from the auction of players for the upcoming DLF Indian Premier League (IPL), 2011.The legendary Indian leg-spinner cited business commitments, including his association with cricket and wildlife in various capacities, as the reasons for the withdrawal. He said he wished to withdraw from the IPL-4 auction process, scheduled for January 8 and 9 in Bangalore.”I wish to withdraw from the players’ auction for IPL-IV scheduled for the 8th and 9th of January, 2011 in Bangalore. I have enjoyed my stint at the IPL so far and thank all concerned for the support extended,” Kumble said on Monday.The former Indian skipper was largely responsible for the RCB’s turn around in the IPL’s second and third season after a disappointing finish in the opening league.After being named captain in IPL 2009 season, Kumble led his team to the final of the Twenty-20 extravaganza. A year later, Kumble inspired his team to third position in the 2010 edition. Consequently, the team qualified for the Airtel Champions League Twenty-20 tournament twice under his leadership.Kumble took 45 wickets in the three editions of Indian Premier League to reaffirm his dominance even in the shortest version of the game.’I have to concentrate on the management part’Asked why he pulled out, Kumble said, “I have played this game for more than 20 years and there comes a time when you have to take a stand about the future. My association with Karnataka cricket, as the chairman of NCA and also my business to run… I am also involved in wildlife.”advertisement”I have decided to concentrate on the management part of it (RCB team). I leave the actual playing. I will still be involved with RCB in a leadership role. Hopefully what I was not able to achieve as a player, I would be able to achieve in the IPL in the years to come,” he added.On how senior players were not retained by various IPL franchisees Kumble said, “I am not angry, but you will be angered when you do not retain players… but as such not angry. There must be some reason, but that’s not why I pulled out of IPL. In my career I don’t need any uncertainty and I am sure what I want to achieve.”Kumble dons mentor mantle for RCBMeanwhile, RCB issued a statement on Kumble’s new role in the team. “After playing a brilliant innings in season 2 and season 3 of the IPL, Royal Challengers are now game for more challenges this season with the legendary cricketer, Anil Kumble, as their chief mentor. Anil will work closely with the Royal Challengers team owner, Dr Vijay Mallya,” the statement said.The statement quoted Mallya as saying, “Anil’s leadership, both on-field and off-field augured well for the Royal Challengers in the last two seasons of the IPL as well as the Champions League. I sincerely believe Anil’s presence in the RCB leadership team will provide a fresh dimension and perspective to our IPL strategy in the medium and long term.”last_img read more

first_imgPrimera División Seedorf to leave relegated Deportivo Jamie Smith 02:30 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Clarence Seedorf Getty Images Primera División Deportivo La Coruña Real Sociedad v Deportivo La Coruña The former AC Milan player and coach is leaving the Riazor after the club were relegated from Spain’s top flight Deportivo La Coruna have confirmed Clarence Seedorf will leave following the club’s relegation from La Liga.Seedorf was appointed in February but the former Netherlands international only led the team to two league victories during his time in charge.Deportivo announced on Tuesday that the 42-year-old’s contract, which expires at the end of June, will not be renewed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “It has been an honour to defend the colours of a historic club like Deportivo,” Seedorf said.”And I thank the president and all the professional team of Depor for their work and availability during these months.”Seedorf has also had brief, unsuccessful spells in charge of former club AC Milan and Chinese side Shenzhen.last_img read more