Schools

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.

The burden of overcrowded classrooms will be eased in Mamelodi, with the building of a new school for the community. ArcelorMittal South Africa and the Department of Education have partnered to build 10 new schools throughout the country.

Gauteng MEC for Education Angie Motshekga has said she is confident that Gauteng would continue to produce even better matric results at the end of this year.

The Department of Education is to provide mobile classes in Limpopo as an interim relief measure to the overcrowding at schools. Some 1.7 million pupils have enrolled for 2009 at about 4 000 schools in Limpopo.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor is to consider the recommendations presented in a report, by the Ministerial Committee, which aims to evaluate and develop schools to ensure they function better.

The failure by schools and circuits in some provinces to submit learners' year marks, irregularities and a possible computer system failure could have caused the delay in the release of all of the matric results on 30 December 2008.

Learners at the Boschkop Primary School in Pretoria will now have the opportunity to learn how to use computers efficiently, thanks to an initiative by the students of the University of Pretoria.

Its back to school on Wednesday for thousands of children attending coastal schools. Education MEC?s are expected to make surprise visits to schools to lend support to learners attending schools for the first time.

Learners who wrote matric last year under the new curriculum and want to improve on their marks on any subjects or rewrite subjects they failed have until 21 January to register to do so.

Children starting school and starting at new schools anxiously walked to school accompanied by their parents this morning as inland schools reopened.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor has challenged South African businesses to help build a numerate, literate and technologically advanced society by supporting and adopting schools.

Deputy Minister of Education, Advocate Andre Gaum, has warned Dinaledi schools to shape up and improve on their performance in Maths and Science or face losing their status.

The Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal will conduct supplementary examinations for candidates who did not pass their matric exams from 17 February to 25 March.

All outstanding matric results have been released to schools and last year?s matric pupils have been advised to contact their schools and districts.

More than 3000 non-section 21 schools in KwaZulu-Natal will have their textbooks and stationery on or before the first day of the 2009 provincial school calendar year.

The matric pass rate for 2008 has been recorded at 62.5 percent, the Education Minister Naledi Pandor has announced. A total of 589 912 candidates sat for the 2008 examination which was based on the National Curriculum Statement.

Matriculants across the country will tomorrow be visiting their respective schools for the last time to receive their examination results. The Education Minister Naledi Pandor will also formally announce the 2008 Grade 12 results at noon on Tuesday via a live broadcast on SABC2.

The results have been released for the 8001 full-time learners from 159 schools who wrote the National Senior Certificate examinations administered by the IEB. 97% of learners passed and 79% achieved a pass that qualifies them for university study.

The process of marking the matric examination papers has been completed without any hiccups being reported to the Department of Education. According to the department, the marking has gone well, with moderators completing the marking in time and without complaints.

A non-profit organisation that does extraordinary work in helping to break the cycle of poverty by transforming children through education is in need of R7 million to complete their new school that is currently in construction in Ottery - Cape Town.

Almost 600 000 matriculants across South Africa are this afternoon enjoying the feeling of having completed their 12-years of schooling. Many will be celebrating with family and friends this evening or leaving for matric holidays at the coast and elsewhere.

As from next year, the Department of Education is to expand its school nutrition progamme to 1 500 secondary schools which fall in the category of the poorest of the poor. The so-called "quintile one' school pupils will receive daily meals during school time to ensure they receive at least one decent meal per day so they can concentrate on their school work.

The second cycle of Systemic Evaluations at the Foundation Phase shows a positive improvement in the performance of learners in both literacy and numeracy levels.

The report released by Education Minister Naledi Pandor showed that the overall mean performance in literacy improved by 6 percent, from 30 to 36 percent while the numeracy levels improved by 5 percent, from 30 to 35 percent.

The Department of Education has invited interested people and organisations to comment on the National Policy for School Infrastructure and National Minimum Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure.
The policies gazetted by the department recently aim to regulate and formalise the provision of school infrastructure.

Children living in Ratanda, in the Lesedi Municipality, who have to walk great distances to get to school every day were delighted to receive assistance in the form of 650 bicycles.

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