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.

The learners from Mitchell's Plain, Athlone and Retreat will join millions of children, teachers, parents and campaigners in over 100 countries teaching their politicians, officials and government representatives including journalists the important lessons about human rights, justice and responsibility.

While Grade 6 learners in the Western Cape are making steady progress in improving their literacy skills, Maths still remains a huge challenge, according to latest study by the provincial Education Department.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has allocated more than R40-million extra for rural schools who struggle to find qualified and competent teachers with the aim to attract such staff in schools.

The 28 May is a public holiday following Freedom Day on Sunday, while 1 May is Workers Day. The Friday was declared a public holiday because two public holidays fell on the same day this year.

The increased allocation in the education budget will primarily be used to provide the poorest schools with libraries, science labs, halls and extra classes, according to the Western Cape Education Department.

Ekurhuleni learners are set to prove their reading skills and language proficiency when they take part in the annual Strongest Link Reading Competition at the Boksburg Civic Centre Auditorium.

In order for South Africans to fully capitalise on the potential that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) holds for education, ICT must be encouraged in schools, says Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Heartlines, a mass media project aimed at promoting values in South Africa has launched an interactive free Educator’s Guide to support Life Orientation teaching in schools.

e-Schools aim to harness Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) in a bid to improve the quality of teaching and learning in African primary and secondary schools and allow African pupils to participate in the global information society and knowledge economy.

The new Bill of Responsibilities for the youth of South Africa, which will be taught in all schools as part of life orientation skills, was unveiled by the Minister of Education Naledi Pandor in February.

An innovative cell phone based programme aimed at improving maths performance is being piloted in two schools in the North West Province.The pilot project known as "M4Girls' uses Nokia 6300 cell phones that are pre-loaded with educational material to help improve the mathematics performance of Grade 10 learners. The project is an official world first for Nokia .

Schoolchildren in Kliptown, Soweto have become the first in South Africa to benefit from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) campaign, reports the Mail and Guardian.
One hundred children from the Kliptown Youth Programme have joined the community of 250 000 children from developing countries across the world in being owners of the worlds cheapest and child-friendliest laptops.

Forty-two schools from all over the country received over R2 million in prizes as Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Minister of Education Naledi Pandor honoured the Most Improved Schools of 2007.

The Education Department has been given the thumbs up for its efforts to increase teacher salaries. Education expert, Professor Tom Bisschoff of the Witswaterstrand University’s Education and Management said the move will encourage new teachers to join in the field.

A lack of parental involvement, bullying and punishment for late-coming are some of the reasons why there is a high rate of absenteeism among South African pupils, according to a report.

On the issue of drop out, the committee concluded: "There is a problem of learner retention, which is more pronounced after Grade nine.

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka has praised educators for their commitment to education as well as the impact their work was having on addressing the country?s skills shortage.

In an effort to promote, protect and equalise educational opportunities for disabled learners, R5.4 million has been allocated to 27 special schools by the Limpopo Premier?s Discretionary Fund.

Bergvliet High School in Cape Town is the first school in the country to convert from chalk blackboards to interactive whiteboards. The school has swapped all its blackboards for whiteboards at a cost of R1,5million. "It makes our pupils better learners", says Deputy Principal Stephen Price. "It makes us want to teach and our learners want to learn!"

Western Cape Education MEC Cameron Dugmore has called for the Public Service Commission to investigate the appointment procedures for teachers and non-academic staff at schools in the province. This follows a school employee being convicted of raping a colleague at Villiersdorp Secondary School.

Three top Limpopo teachers will compete for the Aggrey Klaaste Maths, Science and Technology Educator of the Year awards to be held on Thursday evening.

The teachers each won R5 000 cash in the provincial leg of the competition last week.

The Department of Education is horrified to receive a copy of a notice issued by the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU), calling all its KwaZulu-Natal Northern Natal members to a Teacher Forum, a school day, starting at 10h00.

Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) Chief Executive Officer, Ntombenhle Nkosi, is to appear before Durban?s Equality Court to challenge the Durban High School for discriminating against her son?s language.

Study mate is a Department of Education's publication that was developed in 2007, as part of the recovery plan to assist learners to catch up with teaching time lost during the public service in 2007.

Sahara Computers has increased its ongoing contribution to the South African education sector with confirmation of a long-term, multi-phase project to fully digitize schools in Gauteng.


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