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.

With little more than two weeks of the Matric final exams left, an education expert has warned learners to keep the focus right to the end, because what lies ahead could still mean the difference between make or break.

Imagine that you are observing from the side of a swimming pool and are watching children learn how to swim.

A new Gauteng school, set to open in January 2018, will provide unprecedented hope for desperate parents and learners facing challenges that are not necessarily catered for in either mainstream or special needs schools.

With three months left before they enter their final year of school, Grade 11 learners could be tempted to make relaxing their only priority before the whirlwind year that is Matric. However now is precisely the time they should be investigating and even pinning down their further study plans, an education expert says.

Two Grade 11 learners demonstrating a science experiment for their class at Siwali High School in Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape.

How do you concentrate on the page in front of you when there are so many physical and mental distractions? Here are some practical tips to help you focus.

Through their holistic programmes, a large focus is placed on the safety and social well-being of school children

The final countdown has begun! Matriculants all around the country are in the thick of the much anticipated (and most often feared) final exams! It is like climbing Kilimanjaro!

The final exams are here and if you haven't thoroughly prepared there is nothing you can do about it, or is there?

Along with an assault on parent’s rights to run school governing bodies the Basic Education Department wants to hijack home education.

Helping children to build a healthy relationship with technology, and knowing how much of what is enough, is challenging for parents under the best of circumstances. Exam time however throws a whole new spanner in the works, an education expert warns.

Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has encouraged pupils, who are sitting for their 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC) final examinations, to remain focused on their studies.

More than 40% of youth without a matric certificate are likely to end up unemployed. This is according to a survey done by Equal Education on youth and matric results. It established that a matric certificate is still very important.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has wished all matriculants all the best for their final exams, which get underway today.

Term 4, for so many, can feel much like approaching the finish line of the Comrades Marathon. Although the end is in sight, the distance already covered in the race may have been significantly challenging.

Of the twelve years that children spend at school, the foundation phase - years one through four - are the most critical for cementing the long-term potential of children and enabling them to become successful adults, an education expert says.


With university and Matric exams looming, desperate learners and students who feel that cheating may be their only shot at passing should reconsider, and not only for ethical reasons, an education expert says.

Don't let multiple choice tests trip you up, follow these tips to pass your next exam.

“I was the smartest kid in my school and that made me popular. I worked hard every day. If you want a certain life for yourself you must work for it, prepare for it,” said Itumeleng Sekhu during her visit to schools in Kwanobuhle, Uitenhage.

How do you help your Grade 12 child deal with final exams? All parents know that the end of year exam season is a stressful time at any age, but for matriculants there is added pressure to perform.

This month, hundreds of thousands of young South Africans will write the 2017 National Senior Certificate examinations as the swan song to their school education.

Priscilla Ogunbanjo, the Director for Examination and Assessment, says just over 798 000 learners have enrolled to write this year’s matric exams, which start on 16 October.

Coffee and energy drinks are usually the go-to beverages for high school learners and students to help them cram for finals during the stressful months of October and November, but science suggests they drink rooibos tea as an alternative to help them stay on top of their “A” game.

The Basic Education Department has confirmed that schools reopen today, setting the record straight on false social media reports that schools were set to open next week.

“Lyceum taught me how to plan properly, working full time and studying isn't for everyone It really takes hard work and dedication, but it's the best feeling in the world when you look on the student portal and see you passed with a distinction,”


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