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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.

Physical environments for teaching and learning in the Eastern Cape have dramatically
improved thanks largely to the Department of Education Eastern Cape (DOE) in
prioritising the creation of conducive teaching environments for learners.

Remote and rural schools are set to benefit from the Learn English Audio Project
(LEAP) which aims to help learners improve their English listening and speaking skills.
Identified schools will each receive a solar powered MP3 player that can either be
used in a classroom or a language club.

Learners have once again been urged to see education as the key to a bright and
promising future, after President Jacob Zuma addressed stakeholders at the opening
ceremony of the Kensington High School in Cape Town.

The Department of Basic Education will from 16 to 19 September 2014 conduct
the fourth Annual National Assessments (ANA) to track progress of learning
outcomes among learners in earlier grades.

Three young learners from little-known Taxila Secondary School in Limpopo have made
their mark on the scientific community with their ground-breaking innovation that has
earned them international recognition.

Starting in September Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lusufi, has announced
that his department will open a new school every week, until the end of the year. A
total of 17 schools will be opened over the period.

In a country already fraught with a lack of adequate IT skills, it is alarming to see that
interest in science and maths at school level seem to be at an all-time low, says
Richard Firth, Chairman and CEO of MIP Holdings.

The Department of Basic Education has dismissed a report claiming it would take nine
years to eradicate mud schools in the country, calling it inaccurate, misleading and
unhelpful.

The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) has welcomed the approval to allow
hearing impaired pupils to choose sign language as a first language. The move is
expected to promote multilingualism.

The Basic Education Department says preparations for the 2014 Annual National
Assessments (ANA) are at an advanced stage. The ANA's were put in place by the
department as a strategy to annually measure progress in learner achievement.

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