Finance Minister, Enoch Godongwana, revealed during the 2024 Budget Speech how much is being spent on education. These details included Basic Education, Higher Education and NSFAS.

Dr Corrin Varady, CEO of IDEA, praised the Finance Minister's announcement that he would be allocating R303 billion towards basic education. However he tell us his concern is that mixed signals or confused priorities will either lead to misspent or underspent funds at provincial level.

The increasing deployment of smart technologies, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and algorithms across every area of human endeavour is changing work in unprecedented ways. As fast as roles become extinct, new ones emerge.

Thousands of learners in South Africa will start the next year of their school journey this week, however, not all students have been placed in schools around the country. Their parents are encouraged to submit school applications as soon as possible. 

South Africans are set to enjoy an extra public holiday this December. However, the declaration of this public holiday has forced the education department to make changes to the school calendar. 

Ensuring your child's placement at a school for the upcoming school year is extremely important. The provincial education department in Limpopo is encouraging parents to take the necessary steps to secure their child's placement for the 2024 academic year.

Desiree Hugo, Academic Head at ADvTECH Schools, points out that it’s important for parents and teachers to stimulate neuroplasticity in children from a young age, when the brain is more flexible and adaptable. She says not only is this window of opportunity the best time to inculcate a child’s love for learning and expose them to opportunities to learn, but also to develop their thinking abilities.

Every year, thousands of South African children are not placed in schools due to inadequate capacity. This has been exacerbated by the semigration of parents hoping to find job opportunities in major economic hubs like Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape following the pandemic, with nearly 60% of the South African population living in these three provinces.

Short courses are often flexible, cost-effective and time-efficient, allowing students to upskill themselves or gain knowledge to advance their careers and job prospects. The IQ Academy offers several short courses that can assist individuals to boost their employability in their respective fields. 

Missing a school application deadline in the Western Cape limits the schools your child can secure placement at. However, the education department is obligated to ensure your child has a place at a school regardless of whether or not you missed the deadline.


A recent survey shows that more parents are struggling to pay school fee payments, as they battle to make ends meet. This has led to some parents not making any school fee payments.


The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) intends to use its R63,4 billion budget to improvise and create more equitable education in the province. MEC Matome Chiloane tabled his maiden budget vote on Friday. 

The school admission application period has concluded in the Western Cape. Parents in the province have been urged to update their login credentials to ensure they can see which school their children will attend in the coming days.

The admission application period for the 2024 school year is now open in the Northern Cape. Parents of school children in the province have one month to complete the admission application and secure their child's space at a school.


While the official admission application period for public schools in the Western Cape is closed, work must still be done before learners know which school they will attend during the 2024 school year. The education department has revealed when admission activities will take place to ensure all learners are placed.

Parents of learners in KwaZulu-Natal are encouraged to submit admission applications before the closing date. There are just a few months left for parents to submit applications for the upcoming school year.


Referred to as the foundation of all learning, literacy is crucial to the development of individuals as it facilitates effective communication and allows people to interact with the world around them. However, millions of adults still lack literacy skills which inhibits their economic and social progress.


Parents of learners in the Western Cape have just a few hours left to apply for the admission of their children at schools in the province. The application website will close at midnight on Friday.


Schools will be welcoming back teachers and learners on Wednesday as the second term of the school year gets underway. Learners will spend the next 11 weeks in the classroom before the next school holidays.


While the 2023 academic year enters its second term, preparation is already underway for the 2024 school year. Parents in one province have just one week left to apply for admission on behalf of their children. 





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