Johannesburg - Foreign children attending school in South Africa have been affected by the recent xenophobic attacks, the National Professional Teachers Organisation of SA (Naptosa) said on Monday.

"Learners have also been unsettled by the violence and some foreign nationals learners have been intimidated," said Naptosa president Basil Manuel.

Teaching was also disrupted in some schools, as some foreign nationals teaching in South Africa were afraid to report for duty amid the violent attacks which have claimed the lives of at least six people.

Manuel said it was mostly schools in Pietermaritzburg and Durban that were affected.

"We understandably saw…

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Vodacom introduced its education portal called Vodacom e-school at Riet Valley Combined School, KwaZulu Natal. The Vodacom e-school serves as a learning platform with Internet access to education content sites for all grades 10-12 high school South African learners.

Through Vodacom’s e-school, learners who are Vodacom subscribers will now be able to access classroom content, which is curriculum aligned on their mobile device across all major subjects for free, as Vodacom has zero rated browsing on the site for its customers.

Vodacom executive head for corporate citizenship, Suraya Hamdulay says: “We know that many learners in our country often do not have access to learning…

Read more: Vodacom Empowers High School Learners With Free Education Content

Giving preference to additional school lessons and extra mural activities over Madressah education is akin to favouring the Dunya over the Akhirah. These were the sentiments of a senior South African Mufti, commenting on the lack of enthusiasm amongst some learners in pursuing a primary Maktab education.

Speaking to Cii Radio's Ulama in Focus recently, Mufti Seraj Desai asserted the important role that parents needed to play in prioritising their children's Islamic educational requirements. Acknowledging the scarcity of learning time and the complicated trade-offs expected from parents and learners alike, he nonetheless argued that the contesting demands of the schooling…

Read more: 'Don't let extra-mural activities wreck your child's spiritual future'

From coffee to cheques and the three-course meal, the Muslim world has given us many innovations that we take for granted in daily life. As a new exhibition opens, Paul Vallely nominates 20 of the most influential- and identifies the men of genius behind them

1 The story goes that an Arab named Khalid was tending his goats in the Kaffa region of southern Ethiopia, when he noticed his animals became livelier after eating a certain berry. He boiled the berries to make the first coffee. Certainly the first record of the drink is of beans exported from Ethiopia to…

Read more: How Islamic inventors changed the world

Muslim Schools are complex institutions, comprising many dimensions and facets. From the members of the Boards of Governors, the management, the staff, the pupils and parents, Muslim Schools are institutions that incorporate all strata and shades of people from the community.
Unlike other Islamic educational institutions where homogenous (one) type of persons are found, the situation in Muslim Schools is not so. It is much more complex and comprehensive. Here people of different levels of understanding, abilities and piety get together. This naturally leads to a situation where a variety of problems are created. Added to this, Muslim Schools are…

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About AMS South Africa

The Association of Muslim Schools (AMS) was launched in March 1989 at the Lockhat Islamia School (Al Falaah College) in Durban. Principals and members of the Board of Governors of Habibiya Islamic College, Lockhat Islamia College, Roshnee Muslim School, As­-Salaam, Lenasia Muslim School and Nur-ul-Islam School came together to form this association.

The need was felt to establish an organization to advise Muslim Schools and help them in their development at all levels.

Vision

To provide a range of quality services which will enable our schools to deliver an Islamically based-education of the highest standard and quality.

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