Article:http://voices.news24.com/mohamed-saeed/2014/04/sa-basic-educationconference/ [03 April 2014].
In this essay, the written discourse of this particular news article will be
discussed and analysed. The story that is being covered relates to the SA
Basic Education Conference and the critical challenges that South African
education faces today, together with the efforts of the South African Basic
Education Conference to improve and provide quality education to all
The heading of the editorial is very clear and holds no ambiguous
meanings. It is short, specific and informs the reader what the article is
The purpose of the article is to examine the proceedings that took place
at the SA Basic Education Conference, and what it may possibly mean for
the South African Education system.
As stated by News24.com, the author of this article, Mohamed Saeed, is
somebody who is well-educated, accomplished and is a graduate from the
University of KwaZulu-Natal. He holds a certificate of Merit in Social
Equity in Professional Practice, a National Professional Diploma in
Education (NPDE) and an Advance Certificate in Education (ACE)
specialising in teaching for Social Justice (News24.com, 2014). He is
evidently well-informed and passionate about the educational system in
This news article falls into the genre of a ‘news item’ as it is informing
readers about an event which is considered newsworthy and relevant. The
tone used throughout is professional and decorous. In addition to being
logical and thoughtful, Saeed remains objective in his approach.
The formal style in which this article is written is an appropriate manner
for the content of the article and for the audience. The author has
possibly identified his target audience as academic individuals, along with
regular laymen who are concerned with the current state of Education in
The vocabulary in the article used is...