Shakespeare may be phased out of SA school curriculum

Prof Chris Thurman, Professor, English department at Wits University, says William Shakespeare no longer has relevance for South African children.

He says there are already learners who don't encounter the works of Shakespeare in the formal high school curriculum.

He says he is not opposed to Shakespeare falling off the curriculum if it means replacing his work with more accessible South African and world literature writers.

Listen to the full interview and Thurman's argument below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Opinion: We need a national guideline on teen pregnancy

Opinion: We need a national guideline on teen pregnancy

Over 15000 pupils fell pregnant in 2015. Xolani Gwala says there should be guidelinea to ensure pupils return to school.

Basic Ed flags high pregnancy rate in schools

Basic Ed flags high pregnancy rate in schools

Minister Angie Motshekga briefed the media following a meeting of the Council of Education Ministers on Monday.

It's back to school for pregnant girls

It's back to school for pregnant girls

New Basic Ed Dept policy stamps out suggested leave of absence for pregnant learners and now protects their right to education.

Paramedic training to become a professional university degree

Paramedic training to become a professional university degree

Health Department no longer recognises short-course training, sparking fear of fewer paramedics qualifying.

School's driver training must work jointly with home education - traffic agency

School's driver training must work jointly with home education - traffic agency

The Road Traffic Infringement Agency stresses the importance of teaching responsible road usage a young age.

Black students are not adequately prepared for university life - Edu Professor

Black students are not adequately prepared for university life - Edu Professor

Commenting on Pali Lehotla's remarks on black students in universities, Professor van Wyk says matric is not enough preparation.

Principals whose schools recorded 0% pass rate must be held to account - Zuma

Principals whose schools recorded 0% pass rate must be held to account - Zuma

At the Basic Education Lekgotla, Zuma said concrete plans should be developed to address weaknesses in the education system.

Basic Education disputes Lehohla's stats on higher education

Basic Education disputes Lehohla's stats on higher education

Dr Stephen Taylor says it not true that for every black student graduating, there are six white graduates.

High school driving lessons will help improve road safety, says expert

High school driving lessons will help improve road safety, says expert

'Stay Alert Stay Alive' coordinator Dr Lawrence Barrit shares the aspects of road safety that are relevant to educate youngsters.

Driving lessons to be incorporated into SA school's curriculum

Driving lessons to be incorporated into SA school's curriculum

Spokesperson for Transport Minister, Dipou Peters, says learners will be given an opportunity to become good and safe drivers.

Limpopo DBE given 72 hours to release matric results of alleged cheating pupils

Limpopo DBE given 72 hours to release matric results of alleged cheating pupils

Court orders Basic Education Department to release pupils' matric results implicated in cheating despite an ongoing investigation.

Gauteng Education 'stressed and frustrated' over 35 000 kids still unplaced

Gauteng Education 'stressed and frustrated' over 35 000 kids still unplaced

Spokesperson for Basic Education MEC in Gauteng says some schools refuse to accept pupils speaking certain languages.

Parents should be involved in kids day-to-day schooling - Basic Ed Minister

Parents should be involved in kids day-to-day schooling - Basic Ed Minister

Basic Education Minister said its all systems go on the first day of school except for few challenges in Limpopo and Gauteng.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] Father shares how he shot the man who raped his daughter

[LISTEN] Father shares how he shot the man who raped his daughter

Johannesburg father, Chris says he had just come back from work when he walked in on an employee raping his 17 year old daughter.

Soulful Sundays Playlist: Sunday 11 June 2017

Soulful Sundays Playlist: Sunday 11 June 2017

Favourites to feed your soul on Sunday.

UPDATE: Chilling WhatsApp from Marli van Breda's ex-boyfriend read out in court

UPDATE: Chilling WhatsApp from Marli van Breda's ex-boyfriend read out in court

Marli van Breda's ex took the stand in the trial of triple murder accused Henri van Breda.

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

Competition Commission investigates five companies to stamp out price-fixing

Competition Commission investigates five companies to stamp out price-fixing

Commission says investigation into food and agro processing companies is important because of high levels of inequality in SA.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

WIN! WIN! WIN! 3 MTN Biz Quiz questions could bag you R2000

WIN! WIN! WIN! 3 MTN Biz Quiz questions could bag you R2000

Broke, but clever? Enter the MTN Biz Quiz (it'll take less than 30 seconds of your time) - you could win R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Meet Errol Musk - father of Elon, the most innovative entrepreneur of our age

Meet Errol Musk - father of Elon, the most innovative entrepreneur of our age

Elon Musk, as you’d expect, hails from an exceptional family. Bruce Whitfield interviews his Capetonian father.