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.

Over 400 orphans and vulnerable children in the North West received school uniforms and stationery from the provincial government.
The handing over of school uniforms was part of the back-to-school campaign launched by the provincial government early this year.

"Many of our children come from homes and schools without books and they do not have the attitudes and skills that come from living in a language- and print-rich environment," Ms Carmichael said, adding that the Ready to Read programme will provide such a platform.

Learners who outperform their peers in science will be recognised at the 44th National Science Olympiad awards ceremony.
The countrywide science competition is made up of questions that are curriculum-based and includes learners? general knowledge on science and technology.

The Gauteng Department of Education has encouraged people to join the teaching profession by committing to pay for their studies. "If you commit your life to teaching, Gauteng will commit to paying for your teacher education and training,' said Gauteng Education MEC Angie Motshekga, tabling her R16.629 billion budget for the department.

The schools form part of the Gauteng Department of Education?s commitment to build 54 educational facilities in particular areas, identified through the governments Priority Townships Programme.

The South African youth AIDS prevention project Star School which operates under the auspices of Thanda Lodge?s, The Jobs AIDS Conservation (JAC) Initiative, Star School is being commended the runner up in the Global Business Coalition (GBC) Award for Business Excellence on HIV/AIDS in Community Philanthropy at their annual Awards for Business Excellence in New York City.

As a parent you may get shivers of dread to even think of discovering that your young teenager drinks during breaks at school, or devastatingly worse, to find that your twelve-year old son is HIV positive due to his sexual exploits behind the bicycle shed.

All learners should strive to broaden and deepen their understanding, skills and knowledge to become informed and attain the highest possible marks in all subjects, says Education Minister Naledi Pandor.

The Mpumalanga Education Department has allocated R91 million towards Early Childhood Development (ECD) which aims to increase the number of children who access the Grade R programmes.

In an effort to boost the morale of educators, the North West Department of Education has allocated R245.7 million to upgrade salaries of educators and school principals.

Young South African ambassadors have made the country proud in the recent Model UN debate in New York by taking home the Best Delegation Award and earning two Honourable Mentions.

The building of the new facilities of Christel House SA has finally started and this is the direct result of a unique partnership formed between Christel House SA, Ottery Civic Association and Jakoet and Associates.

An amount of R21.6 million has been set aside by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government for Early Childhood Development (ECD) in 2008, increasing it to R97 million in 2010 said KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sibusiso Ndebele, Sunday.

The Zenex Foundation today marked the start of a dynamic partnership with Gauteng Department of education to invest over R 12.6 million in selected Gauteng schools.

The Department of Education is to distribute 120 000 copies of a children?s book which tell stories with positive values messages to primary schools around South Africa.

Over R225 million raised over the past 18 months has resulted in 800 000 school children in Africa enjoying safer and more constructive learning environments.
This was revealed at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Nelson Mandela Foundation, UNICEF and the Hamburg Society at the Nelson Mandela Foundation offices in Johannesburg.

Addressing the Provincial Legislature, ahead of the department budget speech, Education MEC Cameron Dugmore said the department was spending R87 million per year on the Learner Transport Scheme, which benefits about 46 000 rural learners on a daily basis.

The first steps to rallying and mobilising 12 million South African school pupils behind the 2010 FIFA World Cup began in Soweto on the weekend with the launch of the South African Schools Partnership.

Technical high school principals have been urged to set up committees to develop strategies to address the challenges facing these schools.
Addressing the Symposium of Technical High School Principals at Kempton Park, Education Minister Naledi Pandor challenged the principals to propose ways in which the schools could emerge as centres of excellence offering a high demand of education and training.

Thank you for accepting the invitation to attend this meeting with principals of technical high schools. I have convened this meeting to discuss the position of technical high schools and their role in the skills development agenda of our country.

The Schools World Cup was launched in an effort to stimulate excitement around the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the 12 million school pupils in South Africa, writes Simangaliso Zwane.

The university will use the donation of R1.3 million to enhance the provision of maths and science programmes through its Vuwani Science Centre to schools in the surrounding communities.

Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena will officially open the National Science Week (NSW) aimed at persuading the youth to pursue careers in the science field.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has allocated more than R40 million extra for rural schools who struggle to find qualified and competent teachers.
Speaking at the meeting of the Provincial Legislature, Western Cape Education MEC Cameron Dugmore said the additional R40 million is expected to attract qualified and competent staff particularly in subjects such as mathematics, science and life orientation.

Rewriting of examinations for thousands of unsuccessful 2007 matric learners gets underway.
The learners who did not make it in the final examinations were given an opportunity by the Education Department to complete their matric through the Intensive Tuition and Support programme.


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