Education Policy Series Contributors

4th of May 2016: “THE ILLUSION OF EDUCATION IN SOUTH AFRICA”

DR MOEKETSI LETSEKA

Dr Moeketsi Letseka is Acting Director of UNISA Press, on secondment from the Department of Educational Foundations, College of Education.
He holds a Doctor of Education in Philosophy of Education obtained from the University of South Africa (UNISA).
Dr Letseka was Senior Research Specialist in Higher Education at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) during 2002-2008 where he led multi-year; multi-institutional and external donor-funded research projects.
Among external donor funders that supported his research are the Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller Foundations. Dr Letseka serves on the Advisory/Editorial Boards of the scholarly journals; is Editor-in-Chief of Africa Education Review; Associate Editor of Mevlana International Journal of Education; Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal of Education; and Consultant Editor: South African Journal of Higher Education.

26th of April 2016: “PUTTING MATHS EDUCATION BACK ON TOP”

ANDREW EINHORN

Andrew grew up in Johannesburg, completed a degree in Physics at Harvard, and returned to South Africa in 2007 to work as an investment analyst at Allan Gray. In 2011, he founded Numeric, a non-profit company whose mission is to help young South Africans excel in mathematics and to train high quality maths teachers. Today Numeric runs afterschool programs for children in 45 partners schools across Soweto, Khayelitsha, Mfuleni and Mitchells Plain. They have also launched a small teaching academy that aims to recruit talented young South Africans into the teaching profession and provide them with the training they need to become world-class maths teachers.

20th of April 2016: “ACCESS TO FEMININE HYGIENE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WHY EDUCATION POLICY HAS FAILED OUR WOMEN AND GIRLS?”

SAMUEL SHAPIRO

Samuel Shapiro is currently the senior researcher at Equal Education. Previously, he was the national organiser at Equal Education, where he organised training and development of young members around the country, and supported these members in organising communities and campaign for quality in education. Shapiro was also a community organiser at Equal Education between 2012 and 2013, a sports coach at St Andrews Prep School between 2008 and 2012, and the previous chairperson of the African Drum Society in 2010.

13th of April 2016: “EXCLUSION AND ACCESS IN HIGHER EDUCATION POLICIES”

DR. KIRTI MENON

Dr Menon is the Director of Academic Planning at the University of Johannesburg and a Research Associate in the Faculty of Education. In 2013, she resigned from her position as Registrar of the University of the Witwatersrand to complete her PhD. Prior to this she was the Acting Deputy Director General in the Department of Higher Education and Training, and a Chief Director: Higher Education Planning and Management at the Department of Education. She worked for the Council on Higher Education between 1999 and 2008, and has also served on several national task teams. Dr Menon continues to enjoy writing on higher education in South Africa.