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.

Pupils and teachers at Forest Town School for Learners with Special Needs have been given iPads to empower them with technological skills.

It’s been described as South Africa’s most ambitious school infrastructure development programme that is set to change the face of school infrastructure across the country.

An ambitious project to join thousands of schools in Africa in a global science experiment to build students’ skills in computer networking and databases.

As part of a broader comprehensive strategy to address the poor performance by learners in languages and numeracy, the Department of Basic Education, in partnership with Spell It South Africa, will launch the Spelling Bee South Africa Competition for 2015.

Learners across South Africa will next week celebrate 21 years of electoral democracy during the annual Schools Democracy Week (SDW).

The Gauteng Education Department has opened its doors for parents who want to apply for their children to get admission into public schools for the 2016 academic year.

The consultation process on the one core textbook per subject and grade has started with a Learning and Teaching Support Material (LTSM) roundtable discussion.

While school days are a thing of the past for most adults, about one-fifth of the country’s population is still at school, according to a recent article.

About 68 000 grade 12 learners from schools across Gauteng have started the Secondary School Intervention Programme

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has encouraged parents to keep up their participation in the School Governing Body elections.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) says the implementation of the 1+4 teacher development plan, aimed at boosting performance in the senior phase, will go ahead.

The Bookery, an NGO that creates and supports fully functional school libraries in South Africa, is set to open a library at Heatherdale Primary School on Monday, March 16.

Engen Petroleum revealed the names of its top students for 2014 in the Engen Maths & Science School (EMSS) programme.

South Africa’s outstanding teachers, who go beyond the call of duty, were honoured during the annual National Teaching Awards.

The Department of Basic Education has welcomed the increase in the funds allocated to education by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in the 2015 Budget.

Manor Gardens Primary School in Durban was crowned the winners of the SA Kids Lit Quiz National Final.

Learners who did not pass matric between 2012 and 2014 are encouraged to apply for the National Youth Development Agency’s National Senior Certificate 2nd Chance Rewrite programme.

The South African leg of the International Kids Lit Quiz, in partnership with The Times, will kick off in Cape Town.

Thabang Manamela, who is visually impaired, won the gadget with Jaws software during the National Disability Awards 2014 held in Cape Town, last year.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will award bursaries to deserving high school learners in the De Doorns region in the Western Cape this academic year.

Matric candidates, who were implicated in group copying during the National Senior Certificate (NSC) 2014 examinations, can register for the 2015 Supplementary examinations, says the Eastern Cape Education Department.

Learners from 10 schools in Gauteng will join hundreds of organisations to celebrate Safer Internet Day (SID) on 10 February.

A task team, which was recently appointed by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, has recommended that the department plans and implements a rigorous national Mathematics, Science and Technology (MST) teacher development programme.

The MECs for Education called for the finalisation of investigations into the group cheating in last years’ matric examinations.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he will appoint a commission of enquiry, to investigate racial issues affecting learners in private schools.


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