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.

Despite its innocuous sounding name, the new Education Act has far reaching consequences for the continued transformation of education, which affect everybody who has a stake in this national enterprise," says Education Department Director General Duncan Hindle. The DG explains how under-performing schools will now be held to account.

Children from a rural school in Limpopo Province have had the opportunity to make friends and debate global issues with pupils from around the world via an internet link-up

Eastern Cape learners who travel long distances to reach schools in the rural areas, are to receive 90 bicycles from the provincial Roads and Transport Department

Mokganyetji Serogole, 18, was among the matriculants who were awarded the Thabo Mbeki Matric Merit Award at the Presidential Guesthouse

For the past 13 years, every single pupil who has been taught by mathematics teacher December Mpapane has passed, and many have become engineers and doctors

The North West Department of Social Development is to spend R10.9 million on orphans and vulnerable children as part of their back to school support campaign.

The Jan van Riebeeck High School in the Western Cape has agreed to sell underutilised land worth R60 million to private developers, and plans to use the funds to build additional facilities.

Reflecting on the opening of the 2008 school year Eduation DG Duncan Hindle is pleased to report that no child is learning under a tree, and no class is without a teacher. However there are still 9 000 schools that are under-performing and they will be a priority for the Education Department.

"At this time of the year, some poor parents and learners often find themselves facing issues pertaining to non-admission, debt collection activity and the withholding of report cards due to unpaid school fees

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education is to give bursaries to allow mathematics and science teachers to further their studies

The Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor, paid surprise visits to four schools in Cape Town

The Department of Education in the Western Cape has warned principals that they may not withhold the reports of students whose parents are unable to pay for school fees

Scores of beaming but anxious Grade R pupils filed into schools across KwaZulu-Natal to start the first day of their academic careers

This year, the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department will see itslowest teacher/learner ratio, due to the appointment of 3000 more teachers in the province

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has increased the delivery of textbooks in non-section 21 schools to 100 percent in the 2008 academic year compared to 80 percent in 2007

The opening of eight new schools and the appointment of 747 new teachers in Western Cape schools is set to reduce overcrowding of classrooms

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education will open registration for tuition classes, to prepare pupils who failed their matric examinations for June?s supplementary examinations

Education Minister Naledi Pandor has urged learners to study, refrain from gangs, be wary of HIV/Aids and use the power of education to ensure a brighter future for the country

While on a visit to the school, Gauteng Education MEC Angie Motshekga took the opportunity to congratulate the Bhukulani Secondary School for achieving a 95.3 percent matric pass rate last year

Most pupils were scared to let go of their parents on their first day of school, but 6-year-old Pale Nthite could only admire his new school uniform and was eager to start his schooling career

The sound of school bells echoing through the air will officially mark the start of the 2008 academic year as well as the second year of Maths on MXit; the innovative instant messaging maths tutoring programme.

About 148 bursaries are to be given to pupils in the North West province who performed well in 2007.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor visited four schools in Mpumalanga to ensure learning and teaching had started on time.

More than five million South African pupils will be exempted from paying school fees this year.

On the eve of a new school term, Education Minister Naledi Pandor has renewed her commitment to making schools in the country safer, focusing on sexual harassment and gender-based violence.


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