Schools

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.

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.

The Gauteng Education Department made its last call to learners who have not yet registered but wish to write supplementary examinations, to register by Friday.

Mpumalanga Education MEC Reginah Mhaule says schools in the province will be supported according to their specific needs to ensure that they improve their results.

Learners across the Eastern Cape will be starting the school year in newly built schools thanks to the Department of Education Eastern Cape commitment to improve the learning and teaching environments for pupils.

This school year, the learners and teachers at Umhloti Primary School in Verulam, KwaZulu Natal will join the global tech savvy community, learning to adapt to the modern tools used in everyday lives, thanks to their new Solar Powered PC Lab.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education is putting in place strategies to improve the overall performance of schools across the province, paying more attention to grade 12 learners.

Deputy President Cyril Ramphosa recently launched the "Big Switch On” project by the Gauteng Department of Education, a step that is expected to improve the quality of education in South Africa.

The United States Embassy in South Africa says it will continue to support South Africa’s efforts to raise the standard of education in the country. The embassy said it will achieve this through the School Capacity and Innovation Programme (SCIP), which is in partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and other South African organisations.

At this time of year all eyes are on the matric results as we congratulate students who were successful, encourage those who were not and pat ourselves on the back for a job well done. But perhaps we need to reconsider what it means to provide a good education.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has encouraged grade 12 learners, who did not pass matric in 2014, not to abandon their studies.
Speaking after announcing the matric results, the Minister told learners that all was not lost and that they should explore the various options that are available.

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the matric class of 2014, who achieved a 75.8% pass rate. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the 2014 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination results in Johannesburg.

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