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 wait is finally over for thousands of matric pupils across the country and for pupils at Hoerskool Diewilgers and Hoerskool Menlopark, their hard work and dedication has certainly paid off. For 18-year-old Hoerskool Diewilgers pupil, Martina Moloi, getting two distinctions in English and Computer Applications Technology (CAT) was the highlight of her year.

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, said she was pleased to be able to announce the 2009 matric results for all nine provinces today, including Mpumalanga. Umalusi announced that it had decided to delay the approval of the release of the results for Mpumalanga.

Most matriculants across the country will know their fate when the 2009 matric examination results are officially released later tonight. A total of 581 573 full time candidates and 38 595 repeat candidates wrote 197 examination papers in centres across the country.

8056 learners from 168 schools across the country wrote the matric exams administered by the IEB and they achieved a pass rate of 97%. "It is clear that the combined efforts of learners and teachers with the support of parents and school managers have produced a set of results of which learners can be proud,' says Anne Oberholzer, CEO of the IEB.

The Council of Education Ministers has supported the Department of Education’s decision to withdraw a workbook tender. The tender was advertised on 13 November 2009, where the department advertised for a service provider to develop workbook packages for Learners in Grades 1-6 in literacy and numeracy.

The Department of Education has described this year?s matric exams as successful, saying there were no major hiccups reported. This year 585 474 pupils wrote the exams which started on 21 October and ended on 4 December.

After months of waiting, teachers will finally get their Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD) payments in full before Christmas. Payments to educators will be made on the 18th December 2009 for the recognition of experience, pay progression and the once off amount for the senior and master teachers.

Happy, smiling faces was the order of the day as Grade 12 learners left their exam rooms after a three hour Accounting paper. While accounting is not always every pupils favourite subject - most matriculants from high schools across Pretoria said though the subject needed a lot of preparation work, it was a breeze.

As from January 2010 the Gauteng Education Department will start providing all teachers in Grade 1 to 3 with standard lesson plans for literacy and numeracy. The initiative is the beginning of a new support programme for primary schools that aimed to make sure all children pass Maths and English by the time they leave Grade 7.

Government has moved with speed to respond to the recommendations of the recently published Report on the Implementation of the National Curriculum Statement by the task team that highlighted various challenges to quality curriculum delivery

The Department of Education has adopted the recommendations made by a task team on the review of the National Curriculum Statement (NCS). The changes will relieve teachers and schools of some of the challenges experienced as a result of the current curriculum assessment policies and will leave more time for teaching and learning.

The first week of matric examinations proceeded smoothly in all nine provinces with almost 600 000 matriculants writing their first National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams, while Further Education Training (FET) Colleges and Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) facilities also started with their exams.

Government will spend R524 million to fund the rollout of workbooks for pupils in Grades one to seven in the poorest 60 percent of schools for the 2010 school year, to boost literacy and numeracy in early grades.

Preliminary reports have suggested that the first matric exam papers have kicked off without any delays. The first exam papers, Electronic Technology and German, Portuguese, Hebrew, first and second additional languages, kicked off at 9am.

The final countdown has begun with only a week left before this year?s matriculants begin writing their final exams. Most provincial education departments have said they are more than prepared for the good results from the second group of matriculants to write exams based on the National Curriculum Statement.

A programme to support learners in KZN schools aims to increase the number of black school leavers with university exemption in key subjects like maths and science. The Zenex Foundation has allocated R28 million for the project over the next 5 years.

School principals in Mpumalanga are expected to receive a briefing by the provincial Education Department on what is expected from them with regards to improving the management and governance of schools.

As part of their fight against measles, health workers in Gauteng will visit schools and creches throughout the province to immunise children from six-months-old to primary and high school age against the highly contagious disease.

Mpumalanga Education MEC Reginah Mhaule was shocked to find matric pupils without any teachers at the Jerusalema High School. "I was so shocked. I nearly cried because I felt pity for the children. How can teachers leave when matriculants are only two weeks away from writing their final exams?' said Mhaule.

The Free State Department of Education is hoping to achieve nothing less than a 75 percent matric pass rate during this year?s final examination. The province has set this target based on the 71.8 percent pass rate achieved last year, when matrics wrote exams based on the National Curriculum Statement.

Limpopo matriculants have been encouraged to use the little time that remains to prepare properly for their final exams. "They need to dedicate their time and effort to learning and studying, it is time for them to burn the midnight oil, sweat for now and great joy will follow when the results are released,' commented the province's MEC.

South Africa joined the rest of the world today to honour the role and importance of teachers in the classroom and society, on World Teacher's Day. The day aims to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation for the contribution teachers make to education and development across the globe.

The second group of matriculants to write their exams based on the National Curriculum Statement, will begin their finals in less than a month. There are 588 000 registered candidates are the second group of matrics who will be writing exams based on the NCS.

Teachers will from next year be relieved of administrative and planning tasks to enable them to devote more time to teaching and lessons. This follows a recommendation by a task team, set up to review the implementation of the National Curriculum Statement, that the workload of teachers be reduced.

Western Cape Education MEC David Grant has announced that Penny Vinjevold will become head of the province's education department. Vinjevold is currently the Deputy Director-General responsible for further education and training in the national Basic Education department.


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