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.

Youth from all corners of the country are to be encouraged to actively engage in the government?s programmes and policies through the Sanlam-GCIS SoNa National School debate.

Can the education system produce the right kind of teachers for South Africa? HSRC Press had published a book by Glenda Kruss which looks at the challenges that institutions face in educating the educators.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government is to increase the number of no-fee schools within the province to enable all South Africans to access quality education.

The report on the investigation into the delay in releasing the 2008 matric results came under the spotlight at the Council of Education Ministers meeting held between Education Minister Naledi Pandor and provincial MECs recently.

More than 8 700 books will be stocked in mobile libraries in an effort to improve the literacy levels of learners and teachers at primary and high schools across the Free State.

An amount of R1.26 million has been donated to False Bay College to strengthen the Grade 10 to 12 tutoring programme on offer at the college?s Centre of Science and Technology.

Getting to school has been made much safer for the teachers and learners of Thombothi High School with the opening of the Thombothi Black Umfolozi Bridge.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor has officially opened a R3 million administration block at the Inkululeko Primary School in Vlakfontein. The building was a result of a partnership between the Imperial Group and Ukhamba Community Development Trust.

A panel of maths experts has found that maths papers in the 2008 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exam were up to standard.

Education Director-General Duncan Hindle has confirmed that all outstanding results will be released by 15 February 2009 with the completion of the individual hearings into irregularities.

Parents in the Free State whose children qualify to receive free school uniforms from the provincial government have until 23 March to apply for them.

Secondary schools in Ekurhuleni will this week take part in the schools HIV and AIDS debate aimed at minimising the effects of the disease among young people.

Condoms will be distributed at the Tembisa and Nqayizivele High Schools in Johannesburg to educate young adults about the serious risks involved with unprotected sex.

More than 180 000 pupils from 300 schools are set to receive better access to opportunities in sport through the School Sport Mass Participation Programme launched by the Gauteng Provincial Government.

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.

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