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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.

Laziness and unaccountability will not be tolerated in the school system, Minister Angie Motshekga has said, while outlining her new zero tolerance policy towards school authorities. It is time to instill a culture of a reading and learning in rural and township schools.

President Zuma is due to meet with the principles of primary schools, despite discouragement from the Department of Education, which cited logistical obstacles. The President will outline his expectations on how the education sector should contribute to overall improvements.

June exams are still fresh in the minds of learners as they take a much deserved holiday break. For matriculants, however, one of the most important exams - the Prelims- are around the corner. These results will form part of their final matriculation mark. Lots of early preparation will be required for this task.

Government has announced it will drop plans to role out the General Education Certificate for Grade 9 - expected to have been introduced this year. The decision comes as part of a drive towards ensuring learners reach matric-level education.

The Department of Education is strengthening managment in schools in Limpopo by sending managment teams, principles and teachers on management courses at the universities of Limpopo and Venda.

Education MEC Mahlubandile Qwase said the Eastern Cape Department of Education has allocated R981 837 000 to demolish 860 mud schools over the next three years.


The "Human Polar Bear' - also known as explorer and environmentalist Lewis Pugh - inspired learners from the Zenex Foundation at Ushaka Marine World in Durban recently. The learners, who had been selected for their capacity in maths and science, were encouraged to "think big about their futures".

"Our training methods are very interactive and personal. No dry, stuffy, boring lectures. Every one is geared to one objective: understanding," says Dick Turpin from Education Alive; an NGO that helps school children and adults resolve personal and study difficulties.


"We mean business. If you are a principal and your school is failing, you can?t stay there, impossible,' said the President during an interview with SABC on Sunday. Education has been identified as one of the key issues in the new administration.


President Zuma has warned teachers that formal training will be a pre-condition to promotion, and that both teachers and learners need to follow school rules in order to revive our country's educational system.


Six learners from the International School of Cape Town have attained top ten places in the University of Cambridge's International Examinations - which are held in more than 6000 schools in 150 countries worldwide.


Since 2005, Shanduka employees have been contributing to improve infrastructure at a school for 765 learners situated in a farming area near Lenasia. It has helped to create jobs - supporting small businesses, educators and trainers.


Limpopo Premier, Cassel Mathale, in collaboration with Gift of the Givers Foundation, is set to hand out school shoes, food parcels, stationary and blankets to school learners in Limpopo this week.


Christel House SA welcomed Professor Tim Scales from the USA to help their grade 10 and 11 learners manufacture and sell products at their Entrepreneurship Development Day. Professor Scales, who developed his own entrepreneurship curriculum for high-school children, said that CHSA pupils were keen to learn about entrepreneurship, and as a result did a great job at the Marketing Day.


Christel House Academy - a school for disadvantaged children in Cape Town - is hosting a Marketing and Entrepreneurial Development Expo, at which Professor Tim Scales from the University of Indiana is the guest speaker.

President Zuma's new government has heralded a change in the way education is run in the country. One department will focus on basic education, and another for higher education and training.


A poor grasp of basic concepts at foundation level has resulted in learners lagging behind further every year as they move up the ladder towards high school.The Zenex Foundation is working towards bridging this gap by investing in the local teaching community.


Tired of yearly school administrative woes? SchoolTool is free and open-source software for admin such as registration, attendance, performance management, timetables and calendars. Developed by the Shuttleworth Foundation, it's an excellent framework for all your school's administrative burdens.


Is your child's school part of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation top 100 secondary schools? The Foundation has identitifed its Circle of Excellence in terms of delivering successful candidates in the Allan Gray Fellowship.


The Zenex Foundation recognised that owing to a shortage of both facilities and teachers in South Africa's high schools, learners' foundation phase numeracy and literacy is suffering. To solve these very serious problems, Zenex has worked in collaboration with Rhodes University and UNISA to help teachers qualify.


"The government must build more state-of-the-art schools," said President Motlanthe, at the opening of three schools in Limpopo recently. One of the schools included a computer centre, science laboratory and a 1000-capacity school hall.

KZN schools have received a technology boost, helping them to move away from outmoded hypodermic teaching exchanges. A total of R51 million has been spent since Jan 2008 to ensure that schools throughout the province each have at least one computer and a printer.

The Gauteng Department of Education makes headway in its efforts to combat overcrowding in Pretoria?s schools.

The first round of the national Computer Olympiad, which encourages programming aptitude in school learners, will be delayed one day due to voting this year. The Olympiad prize money is sponsored by millionaire computer whizz, Mark Shuttleworth, and the competition consists of three rounds.

Trevor Manuel reinforces the importance of mathematical literacy through the Census @ School initiative: a national population census aimed at gathering information through schools that will help the government gather data.

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