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 City of Cape Town?s nature reserves are assisting schools with Geographic Information System (GIS), a new section in the geography curriculum of South African schools.

The new Bill of Responsibilities for the youth of South Africa will be taught in all schools as part of life orientation skills, says Education Minister Naledi Pandor. Unveiling the Bill, the minister said there was a need to instil a culture of respect and responsibilities among the youth.

The Education Laws Amendment Act (Act 31 of 2007) was passed by parliament and signed into law in December 2007

The Gauteng Education Department is building 70 new schools throughout the province to help curb overcrowding and ensure the smooth running of the education system

A Maths and Science symposium is to discuss a plan to increase the matric pass rates at rural schools in the eThekwini Municipality

These schools serve the same community. What is it, I wanted to know, that makes the one successful and the other unsuccessful

In a bid to ensure effective learning at needy schools, Old Mutual has provided 60 000 lapdesks worth R3 million to learners at 30 schools in the country

National Education Minister Naledi Pandor has released the text of the National School Pledge for public comment. The minister is proposing that the pledge will be recited by learners in assemblies and classrooms across the country. View the video clip of the Minister reciting the pledge here.

Classes for the 2007 matric failures, who will be writing their May/June supplementary examinations, have started in KwaZulu-Natal

Schoolchildren could be reciting the National Schools Pledge at their morning assemblies by March, to coincide with Human Rights month

This year marks the first year that all learners will be on the same national school curriculum

Eastern Cape learners who travel long distances to reach schools in the rural areas, are to receive 90 bicycles from the provincial Roads and Transport Department

Children from a rural school in Limpopo Province have had the opportunity to make friends and debate global issues with pupils from around the world via an internet link-up

Despite its innocuous sounding name, the new Education Act has far reaching consequences for the continued transformation of education, which affect everybody who has a stake in this national enterprise," says Education Department Director General Duncan Hindle. The DG explains how under-performing schools will now be held to account.

Mokganyetji Serogole, 18, was among the matriculants who were awarded the Thabo Mbeki Matric Merit Award at the Presidential Guesthouse

For the past 13 years, every single pupil who has been taught by mathematics teacher December Mpapane has passed, and many have become engineers and doctors

The North West Department of Social Development is to spend R10.9 million on orphans and vulnerable children as part of their back to school support campaign.

Reflecting on the opening of the 2008 school year Eduation DG Duncan Hindle is pleased to report that no child is learning under a tree, and no class is without a teacher. However there are still 9 000 schools that are under-performing and they will be a priority for the Education Department.

The Jan van Riebeeck High School in the Western Cape has agreed to sell underutilised land worth R60 million to private developers, and plans to use the funds to build additional facilities.

"At this time of the year, some poor parents and learners often find themselves facing issues pertaining to non-admission, debt collection activity and the withholding of report cards due to unpaid school fees

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education is to give bursaries to allow mathematics and science teachers to further their studies

The Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor, paid surprise visits to four schools in Cape Town

The Department of Education in the Western Cape has warned principals that they may not withhold the reports of students whose parents are unable to pay for school fees

Scores of beaming but anxious Grade R pupils filed into schools across KwaZulu-Natal to start the first day of their academic careers

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has increased the delivery of textbooks in non-section 21 schools to 100 percent in the 2008 academic year compared to 80 percent in 2007


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