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Schools form the basis of our education system. The Department of Basic Education maintains the school system in South Africa, which runs from Grade R to Grade 12 and is responsible for preparing students for life beyond Matric. Alongside the public schools in the country there also exist private schools, most run by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB), which emphasizes critical thinking and academic rigor. Regardless of whether one attends a public or private school, schools lay the foundations of our society by educating each new generation. Read on to stay updated with news on Matric results and other news related to schools.

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South Africa’s biggest and most trusted homeschooling provider, Impaq, is launching a new online school at a time when demand for distance education continues to grow rapidly.

With online teaching hastened by the coronavirus, teachers have had to convert face-to-face teaching into remote classes with minimum resources and time.

Closing down schools and having rotational attendance rosters were measures taken for short-term relief against the Covid-19 pandemic. Research by the Basic Education department is now showing that impact in lost teaching and learning will be long lasting - impacting on a generation of learners.

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Parents and guardians usually complain about the lack of strong student support initiatives provided to children by the education system.

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For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic started, all public primary schools in South Africa fully reopened on 2 August 2021.

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Hendrick Makaneta from the Foundation for Education and Social Justice, has commended President Cyril Ramaphosa for taking a decision on pit toilets. Makaneta believes that by setting a deadline, the government shows political will to eradicate the issue of pit toilets. 

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The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has declared its concern over the amount of teaching time lost over the last two years as a result of the pandemic. The DBE believes that disruptions to learning can have long lasting effects on the lives of the pupils who are missing out on school time. 

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Facing the challenges of writing matric this year?  One of the best investments of your time will be taking out just an hour and half on the morning of Saturday, 14 August to join the experts at the upcoming SACAP (South African College of Applied Psychology) webinar.  Taking a whole-person approach, the panel will include leaders in their fields who will teach you the all-important hacks you need to not just survive matric but thrive.

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Last year, South African primary children in no-fee schools learned 50-75% less than they’d usually learn, according to the National Income Dynamics Study Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Study (Nids-Cram). And that’s in a country where prior to Covid-19, the learning gaps were immense. Now, collaboration is needed to help turn the situation around and give the country’s biggest and often most overlooked asset – our children – a strong educational start. Corporates can play a major role in this.

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