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 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.

The Department of Education has launched a new system to collect the data of each learner in the country and track their movement throughout their school careers. The system will for the first time ensure the Education Department has accurate enrolment numbers for learners in all schools.

A campaign which encourages parents and caregivers to access important government services through local schools in order to assist their children in their care has been launched.

The Department of Education, in collaboration with other departments and stakeholders, opened the Leth'impilo service delivery campaign which aims to promote schools as nodes of care and support.

The Department of Education has reiterated its commitment and support to the country?s schools and educators in the run up to the matric exams. During the Social Cluster briefing on Wednesday, the department said it would continue to provide support to learners who will be writing the National Senior Certificate examination which begins on 29 October.

Primary school learners in four provinces will on Thursday participate in the annual Primary Science Day (PSD) aimed at encouraging them to develop interests in maths and science. Over 75 000 learners, more than 1000 educators and 500 schools in the four provinces will participate in the project.

Learners from various schools in Cape Town are expected to help clean up rivers, canals and beaches next week.

The ThinkQuest Website Competition 2009, sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF), is now open to teams of students, ages 9-19, from anywhere in the world. Each team must be coached by a teacher or school employee

The Zenex Foundation has invested over R12 million to develop schools of excellence in rural KwaZulu-Natal, with a particular focus on Maths, Science and English. The project was launched in the province by the Education MEC at the Phungashe Education Resource Centre.

73 top secondary schools are benefitting from high-level consultation workshops with leading business strategists Chantell Ilbury and Clem Sunter. The popular pair have been brought in by the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation to host workshops with the headmasters to help them maintain their schools? high educational standards.

The majority of Grade 12 students this academic year have registered for maths and science subjects, says Education Minister Naledi Pandor. "This academic year sees the largest number ever registered for maths and science in Grade 12. We hope this will give us growth and progress in science and related fields,' explained Pandor.

Minister for the Public Service and Administration (DPSA), Ms Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, together with the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and its partners from the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, launched two e-learning centres at Buhlebemfundo Secondary and Albini High School in Durban.

The Western Cape Department of Education is seeking ways to provide further support to students displaced during the recent attacks on people from other countries, saying that it is important that their education continues.

Addressing the media during the provincial government?s quarterly media briefings in Johannesburg MEC Motshekga said the provincial government had improved school infrastructure including renovations to school buildings

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.


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