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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.

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.

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.

Forty-two schools from all over the country received over R2 million in prizes as Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Minister of Education Naledi Pandor honoured the Most Improved Schools of 2007.

A lack of parental involvement, bullying and punishment for late-coming are some of the reasons why there is a high rate of absenteeism among South African pupils, according to a report.

Study mate is a Department of Education's publication that was developed in 2007, as part of the recovery plan to assist learners to catch up with teaching time lost during the public service in 2007.

"We have one freedom inside us that nobody can take away, the freedom of reaction/attitude in any given circumstance.' Viktor Frankl, the psychologist and concentration camp survivor.

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

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

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