The Arabic Committee of the Association of Muslim Schools (SA) held their annual Conference of teachers of Arabic at the Orient Islamic School, Durban on the 15 and 16 February 2018.

The conference which was attended by 40 teachers of Arabic from KZN, Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Western Cape focused on preparing candidates who take Arabic as a subject for the National Senior Certificate examinations as well as on the latest teaching approaches in making Arabic accessible for learners in Muslim schools.

Among the speakers at the conference were Moulana Hashim Kathrada, from Tshwane Muslim School and chairman of the…


 Opinion - Can you see any notable patterns in the following list of KZN schools that have impressively achieved a 100% matric pass rate over the last five years?

Here they are in alphabetical order: Al-Falaah College, Danville Park Girls' High, Durban Girls' High, Eden College Durban, Ihsaan Girls’ College, Inkamana High, Islamic College Newcastle, Kwathintwa School for the Deaf, Maritzburg Muslim School for Girls, Menzi High, Mount Edgecombe Private, Racing and Equestrian Academy, Siraatul Haq Islamic School, Star College, St Catherine's High (for girls), Westville Girls' High and Ukhahlamba High.

These are schools that wrote the Department of Basic…

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The question of what makes a great teacher has been around for a long time. It’s an enquiry that poses many problems because there’s simply no set recipe for success, and different approaches work for different professionals and students.

The Sutton Trust has published a report that reviews the research into effective teaching, finding that popular practices, such as lavishing praise on students or allowing them to discover key things for themselves, actually have no grounding in research.

The author of the report, professor Robert Coefrom Durham University, says this is a “starter kit” for thinking about what makes good…

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Arabic Language

Arabic language is one of the core courses offered in almost every private full time Islamic schools in S.Africa. It is the language in which the Qur'an is written, and, therefore, a certain familiarity with Arabic is necessary for all students in Islamic schools.

Islamic schools form a permanent reservoir of Arabic language instruction in S.Africa. Long after current grants and financial support for Arabic language have dried up and disappeared, Islamic schools will continue to teach it. It is also the heritage language of many students. Right from its very inception, an Islamic school must grapple…

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Top Ten Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Teaching

The following tips are from the series Empowering the Beginning Teacher in Mathematics, by Cynthia Thomas.

10. Not every student will be interested every minute. No matter how much experience you haveor how great you are at teaching, you will encountertimes in the classroom when no student is interested!The solution is to change your tone of voice, movearound the room, or switch from lecturing to someother activity. Maybe you can even use a manipulativeto increase the students’ understanding and,possibly, their level of interest.

9. If a lesson is going…

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