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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.

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.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor has warned principals of underperforming schools that they would be removed and sent to attend leadership and skills courses. "If the principal fails to improve the school?s performance he or she would be removed and sent to leadership skills [courses] and a new person will take over,' the Minister said.

Grade 9?s in schools across the country will soon have to write an exam to test whether or not they are ready to enter their final matric year. The General Education Certificate (GEC), which will help schools assess the readiness of Grade 9 learners to enter matric, is to be introduced from next year.

Cabinet Ministers have wished all learners who will be sitting for their exams, especially Grade 12s, the best of luck in their forth-coming examinations. Cabinet said the whole country must express and show gratitude to the thousands of teachers who have given their very best to ensure that the learners are ready and well prepared to enter the examination rooms.

The Gauteng Department of Education is confident it will deliver quality matric examinations.

Briefing the media on the province?s state of readiness for the examination which kicks off next week, Education MEC Angie Motshekga said the province was confident that its systems, procedures and processes were ready to conduct successful National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams.

Schools in the deep rural areas of Vuwani with little or no science infrastructure are set to benefit from a mobile science laboratory.
Nissan South Africa (SA) will hand over a mobile science laboratory to the University of Venda?s (Univen) Foundation Science Centre in Vuwani Township, Limpopo.

Univen established the Science Centre with the aim of helping develop local learners at the Tshimbupfe, Mugoidwa, Ratshikwekwete, Lwenzhe, Muthurwana, Davhana, Kolokoshani, Ramauba schools, among others.

South Africa's Industrial Development Corporation has pledged over R7-million to support the Education Department's Dinaledi schools programme, which is dedicated to improving mathematics and science education in the country.
The IDC has adopted 15 schools, and has pledged to support each with R100 000 over the next three years, reports Southafrica.info.

Matriculants in KwaZulu-Natal are well-prepared for their senior certificate examinations which begin next week, says the provincial Department of Education.
MEC for Education Ina Cronje said that preparations were going well in the province ahead of the 2008 National Senior Certificate Examination (NSC). This year will see the first class of matrics writing exams based on the new curriculum

School principals, teachers and pupils in Limpopo have been encouraged to follow in the footsteps of a Limpopo school that has produced a 100 percent matric pass rate for the past 13 years.

Its all systems go according to the first group of anxious and excited matriculants to write their final exams under the new National Curriculum Statement (NCS), writes Gabi Khumalo. Approximately 600 000 students across the country's nine provinces will be sitting for their exams which will take place from 29 October to 3 December 2008.

Participants in the Computer Olympiad were reminded at the gala prize-giving event of the opportunities created by a world-wide shortage of Informatics Scientists. The Standard Bank/CSSA Computer Olympiad is an annual competition to identify, encourage and reward programming skills among high school learners.

The South African Council for Educators (SACE) has called on schools to help formulate guidelines for a dress code for school teachers.
The council?s Chief Executive Officer Rej Brijraj said the Department of Education had received a number of complaints that some teachers were not dressing appropriately.

The Department of Education has launched a new system to collect the data of each learner in the country and track their movement throughout their school careers. The system will for the first time ensure the Education Department has accurate enrolment numbers for learners in all schools.

A campaign which encourages parents and caregivers to access important government services through local schools in order to assist their children in their care has been launched.

The Department of Education, in collaboration with other departments and stakeholders, opened the Leth'impilo service delivery campaign which aims to promote schools as nodes of care and support.

The Department of Education has reiterated its commitment and support to the country?s schools and educators in the run up to the matric exams. During the Social Cluster briefing on Wednesday, the department said it would continue to provide support to learners who will be writing the National Senior Certificate examination which begins on 29 October.

Primary school learners in four provinces will on Thursday participate in the annual Primary Science Day (PSD) aimed at encouraging them to develop interests in maths and science. Over 75 000 learners, more than 1000 educators and 500 schools in the four provinces will participate in the project.

Learners from various schools in Cape Town are expected to help clean up rivers, canals and beaches next week.

The ThinkQuest Website Competition 2009, sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF), is now open to teams of students, ages 9-19, from anywhere in the world. Each team must be coached by a teacher or school employee

The Zenex Foundation has invested over R12 million to develop schools of excellence in rural KwaZulu-Natal, with a particular focus on Maths, Science and English. The project was launched in the province by the Education MEC at the Phungashe Education Resource Centre.

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