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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

In a bid to reduce overcrowding in Gauteng schools, the provincial Department of Education is expected to open 17 new schools when schools reopen countrywide

With over five million school-going children, 25 081 more than last year, from across the country set to benefit from schools fees exemptions a huge burden that has been taken off the shoulders of parents struggling to make ends meet.

Special Saturday schools are being organised by the Western Cape Education Department for candidates who failed the 2007 Senior Certificate Examinations

Matrics who fail both their final exams in 2007 and supplementary exams in June 2008 will have to write the old Senior Certificate as private candidates or go to back school for three years and start again in Grade 10 under the new National Senior Certificate, says INTEC College, one of South Africa?s leading providers of distance learning.

There may not be any traffic lights in Mpumalanga's rural Nkomazi area, but children at the local primary school know exactly what they are for, writes Thabisile Khoza.

The Zenex Foundation has donated R10 million to schools under the Dinaledi Project, which aims to boost high level mathematics and science at high schools.

The Dinaledi schools project is on course to increase the mathematics and science skills pool in the country, said Director General at the Department of Education Duncan Hindle.

A number of unique projects have received innovation awards, amongst them a Lapdesk, a solar-powered feeding scheme for a township school and a national credit site.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor has wished all the Grade 12 learners well in their examinations which kicked off on Wednesday.
About 599 048 learners are sitting for matric examinations across 8 000 centres.

This week sees the first group of grade 12 learners sitting for their final senior certificate examinations.

The 2007 senior certificate examinations have started in some provinces with the rest to follow next week.

The learning process is set to change forever for pupils of two rural Ntabankulu schools in the former Transkei after they were presented with 40 computers by Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana. He urged the pupils and staff of Ntsikayezwe and Ntabankulu Senior Secondary Schools to make full use of the units to improve their studies.

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