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Informing South African Policy
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CDE's research on low-fee independent schools featured in the Pretoria News:

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"We need to be less ambiguous in our policies and much more enthusiastic about getting more skilled migrants to help grow South Africa," says Ann Bernstein, Executive Director

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Watch live: CDE executive director Ann Bernstein speaking on the WEF panel on migration.

Africa is home to over 3,000 distinct ethnic groups and 2,000 languages. How can the benefits of this rich diversity be sustained in the face of growing intolerance, violence and loss of life?

Dimensions to be addressed:
- Upholding respect for human rights
- Integrating skills and labour demand
- Managing migration schemes

This session was developed in partnership with Al Jazeera.

Speakers: Michael Hanna, Jeff Radebe, Ann Bernstein, Erik Charas, Khalid Koser

Topics: Social Inclusion, Society

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Migration is a difficult issue for many countries around the world and in South Africa this manifested in the xenophobic attacks of 2008 and 2015. On the side lines of WEF Africa, CNBC Africa spoke to Ann Bernstein, Executive Director of the Centre for Development and Enterprise, to further understand the impact of migration on African economies.

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CDE's latest op-ed by Ann Bernstein and Jane Hofmeyr in The Star.

South Africa needs urgent education reform. While the vast majority of children in South Africa are in school, they are being denied a quality education. This is not because of underspending (6.2% of GDP is at the high end of upper middle income countries), nor a lack of interventions by government, the private sector and non-governmental organisations.

However, the contribution of the private (officially called “independent”) school sector is typically disregarded. A new report from the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) examines the role and growth of the independent sector. This has revealed some surprising facts, particularly about low-fee independent schools.

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CDE's report on low-fee independent schools, released last Wednesday, was covered by The Mercury.

"The new research from the think tank estimates that 250 000 South African children from disadvantaged communities are enrolled at low-fee independent schools, and for a key reason: teacher accountability.

What used to be a predominantly white, high-fee school sector in South Africa now has a majority of schools which serve pupils from middle-income to low-income families, and nearly 80% of the pupils are black, the report reveals."

Read more at http://bit.ly/1FkdicN or read the report at http://bit.ly/1FCVGeG

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In a new report, the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) combined international insights into low-fee private (independent) schools, and new research examining the latest developments, new and emerging players, and the significance of low-fee schools’ growth in South Africa. Here, as in other developing countries, low-fee private schools are growing. CDE estimates that those charging fees below R12,000 a year are educating a quarter of a million children in disadvantaged communities.

The debate about their role in the education reform South Africa seeks is thick with ideology and thin on facts. What do we know about low-fee schools here? What can we learn from other countries? Can we find the right combination of public and private provision to ensure that more and more young South Africans have access to a good education as soon as possible?

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SA’s migration policy must be considered in context of growth, employment and skills, writes CDE executive director Ann Bernstein in Business Day.
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