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Can online teaching make for better education?

Mark Potterton describes the online teaching experience of teachers at Sacred Heart College in Johannesburg during the COVID-19 lockdown. His observations form the basis...

Preventing US-style mass shootings in South African schools

Statistics show that mass shootings in the United States have already killed 344 people so far this year. South Africa's context of violence provides...

Can computers really save our schools?

The COVID-19 pandemic has showed the vast chasm in the access to education during the lockdown, mainly because students from poor communities lacked access...

The balance between mission and market in Catholic schools

Increasingly, independent schools are run as businesses. Mark Potterton draws on some of the ideas by John Sullivan in his book "Catholic Schools in...

Ethics for educators in a time of disaster

On 23 July, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that schools would close for a second time this year. The reasons given is that children are...

Will we still need school uniforms after COVID-19?

Sometimes we do things in a particular way because that is how we have always done them. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to...

Sexuality education – where to now for Catholic schools?

The COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to make their curricula available online. Mark Potterton, who worked with the Southern African Bishops' Conference to draft sexuality...

Teaching children to recognise disinformation

Discerning truth from falsehood and deliberate misinformation is becoming increasingly difficult as various interest groups compete to dominate the media space. Mark Potterton says...

Education: Rethinking the pressure of exams

Schools spend too much time preparing students for exams, says Mark Potterton, who has served as the Chief Operating Officer for Umalusi, the South...

Easing the suffering of winter and COVID-19 in Snake Park Township

The financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating effect on already poor communities. Many have lost their jobs and are desperate....

Cape Town’s youth: From victims to victors

As South Africa continues to celebrate youth month, Salesian Life Choices, a Cape Town-based NGO runs its "30 Stories in 30 Days" campaign, now...

The challenges and opportunities of authentic Catholic online education

When schools closed in March, teachers and principals had little time to come up with alternatives to ensure that learning could continue for the...

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