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Basic Education

There have been major developments in the education sector, particularly in
the transformation of the curriculum which has been strengthened through
the development of the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS).

Over the past four years the Department of Basic Education has addressed many of
the
challenges that were historically associated with the opening of schools resulting in a
smoother start to the school year.

As part of the one-school-a-week campaign the Department of Basic Education has
handed over the sixth school in the Eastern Cape.The programme was initiated by
government to improve the quality of education.

The Department of Basic Education has reiterated that learning and teaching must proceed as it is were a normal work and school day. The department warned that it has activated its systems to enforce the principle of no work, no pay.

The Gauteng provincial government has stated its intent that education would remain a priority of the current administration. The cabinet further stated that education was key in developing economic growth and social transformation.

The Department of Basic Education has announced that focusing on the gains made in mathematics and science would be its main priority. There has been recent improvements in the competencies of Grade 9 learners compared to previous years.

Learners have been urged by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to put more effort into their studies from day one. This message was conveyed as thousands of schools opened their gates. The government would be striving to create an environment where learning and teaching will be conducive.

The Department of Basic Education is ready to deliver basic and quality education in preperation for the start of the new school year. Officials will embark on school visits to various parts of the country to confirm readiness of schools to start the New Year.

The Department of Basic Education has advised all educators that they should use the allocated school hours effectively and that nothing should interfere with the teaching time. Teachers and learners should be making full use of the time to maximise learning.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga addressed students on results, remarking, rechecking and supplementary exams. Her message was to motivate and encourage students to pursue their various career paths once leaving school.

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