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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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Since the announcement that all matriculants will re-write Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2, COSAS has expressed their intention to take the Basic Education Department to court.

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School assistants have been intoduced in the Free Sate to help with the COVID-19 academic disruptions and systemic difficulties. To help in the Free State, over 300 000 young people have been employeed in the country as education and general assistants.

Nearly 2 weeks have gone by since the start of matric exams. Recently, the Department of Basic Education has been dealing with the leak of a maths paper and the minister has addressed the issue. 

Government has released a proposed calendar for 2022. The 2020 school year has been a tough year for many schools and plans are now in motion to get back lost teaching time in the next 3 years. 

The Western Cape Education Department will be hiring 20 000 Education Assistants and General Assistants to work at schools over the next few months.

There have been some delays with finalising an audit for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). This delay has raised concerns with the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education.

The Department of Basic Education has given details about how schools can best handle Covid-19 cases at exam centres. 

After allowing Covid-19 positive learners to write, the Department of Basic Education has released protocols for schools to follow when dealing with Covid-19 cases during the exam period.

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