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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 delivery of quality education does not have to exclude children or learners with
hearing difficulties and government has made a commitment to providing quality
education to all learners and students.

The business-savvy Irishman says he will use three decades of experience and
influence in the corporate world to build the school and ensure that it is sustainable
for years to come and to build more schools in South Africa.

ICT has been identified as critical in the quest to improve the quality and efficiency of
the learning system and to radically transform basic education. Role players are now
pushing for the increased use of ICT in education.

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.

The Department of Basic Education has built 74 schools, which have changed the
experience of learning and teaching for thousands of pupils and teachers. The schools
were built under the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI).

The practice of publishing grade 12 learner names and results at the end of the year
has been placed under review due to the negative impact on matrics who do not
achieve.

The Mpumalanga Department of Education has partnered with national and local radio
stations to host special programmes on Thursday afternoons to assist grade 12
learners with their preparations for their 2014 final examinations.

Friends of MINI South Africa, DJ Fresh and DJ Euphonik, along with MINI and
iSchoolAfrica representatives visited schools in Thokoza on Thursday 14 August,
awarding the top learners at each school for embracing their creative juices and fresh
thinking.

Umalusi, the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and
Training, has successfully concluded the statistical moderation of the 2014 Senior
Certificate results.

Are you a matriculant or the parent of a Grade 12 learner? On Sunday 10th and
Monday 11th August the Sunday times will publish the annual supplement of matric
exemplars and memoranda to help learners prepare for the upcoming exams.

The Mpumalanga Department of Education has started a formal investigation at
Cefups Academy into the incident that led to the death of a 19-year-old Grade 12
learner.

From traditional teaching and learning methods to high-tech tablet e-learning, learners
at Masibambane Junior Primary School, in Orange Farm, are to become technologically
savvy.

On average, children who attend Grade R gain only about the equivalent of 12
days of learning in maths compared to children who do not, according to a
research group in the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University.

A legislative review to make schooling compulsory for children between the
ages of five and 15 years is on the cards according to Basic Education Minister,
Angie Motshekga.

Three Eastern Cape schools will receive a maths and science support plan
funded by the Nordex Education Trust - the empowerment arm of the German
wind turbine company Nordex.

Learners in Gauteng will soon be able to study on their Ipads, as the
provincial Department of Education rolls out a digital learning system from
next year.

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