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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.

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.

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.

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