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.

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.

The Gauteng Education Department has put in place a multi-pronged strategy to address poor literacy, numeracy and learner achievement at schools.

Briefing the media, Gauteng Education MEC Angie Motshekga said the strategy consisted of four elements which include getting schools to work, getting resourcing right, getting learning right and developing teachers to support the new curriculum.

While maths is not always every pupils favourite subject - matriculants from high schools in Atteridgeville said though the subject needed a lot of preparation work, it was not as tough as they had expected.
Pupils from Bokgoni Technical Secondary School in Atteridgeville said they were confident that they had made it in both mathematics papers, despite the nerves they had struggled to subdue in the weeks leading up to the exams.

President Kgalema Motlanthe has acknowledged the programmes that the Department of Education has put in place over the last five years, saying that they have inspired teachers to do their jobs with pride.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor will release the literacy and numeracy learner achievement results from the Systemic Evaluation Survey conducted at the Foundation Phase in 2007.
The baseline measures at grades three and six were established in 2001 and 2004.
This is after the department conducted the second cycle of Systemic Evaluations at the Grade three levels in October 2007, with technical support from an independent agency, JET Educational Services,

The 2008 matric examinations kicked off without any hiccups on Monday morning, with the Grade 12?s saying the English paper 1 exam had not been to tough. Most pupils from schools around Pretoria said they were confident they had done well in the examination.

All Grade 12 pupils will sit for the first nationally-set National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination today. Matrics will write the two-hour English Paper 1 exam at 9am and the three-hour Computer Application Technology Theory exam will be written at 2pm.

Educators must find multiple ways of exposing learners with disabilities to opportunities that will help them demonstrate their full potential, says Minister in the Presidency, Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.
Speaking during her visit to the two schools that cater for learners with disabilities in Soshanguve, the minister urged educators to move beyond merely teaching children daily living skills and crafts.

The National Teaching Awards have been presented at a ceremony at the Presidential Guest House that was attended by President Kgalema Motlanthe and Minister of Education Naledi Pandor. Principal of Wendywood Primary School Principal Heather Smith scooped the Lifetime Achievement Award.

After year-long preparations, the 2008 matric examination kicked off on Wednesday morning. A total of 13 non-official languages and practical subjects are to be written throughout the week.

State oil and gas company PetroSA has opened a multi-million rand maths and science academy to help learners from disadvantaged high schools pass maths and science.

The R1.2 million a year academy will benefit about 300 learners from five disadvantaged high schools in the southern Cape area.

The Gauteng Education Department will be honouring about 2 000 teachers for their contribution in the development of education at a sports and cultural event.

The event, which will be held at the University of Johannesburg, also marks the end of World Teacher?s Month.

The Department of Education is finalising preparations towards the matric examinations, saying the exams would be administered with reliability and credibility

Its all systems go for the start of the matric exams this week, and Education Minister Naledi Pandor says she?s confident that learners, schools and teachers alike are all ready. "I have absolute confidence that the teachers and the learners will be ready for the exams," the minister said.


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