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.

The Department of Basic Education says the Umalusi standardisation process will
consider the issue of load shedding and its possible negative impact on learners’
results to ensure that no learner is disadvantaged due to load shedding.

The Centre for Development and Enterprise has found that approximately 90% of high
schools in South Africa are still failing to meet the minimum performance standards
required for a tertiary education in mathematics and science.

The role of the teacher in broader society is that of providing leadership and guidance
to learners. Teachers today should be engaged in their career with a high sense of
calling, passion and professionalism.

The National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams are in full swing, with the Department of
Basic Education saying no major incidents have been reported since the majority of
matrics started writing.

The majority of learners across the country will start their final Grade 12
examinations. President Jacob Zuma and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga
have wished the country’s matric learners well.

Teaching, once a noble service, has become a devalued practice. Society at large,
teachers themselves, media and the public must change the current stereotype of
teachers and support the learner.

Sign language will been recognised as a home language at schools for the Deaf as of
the 2015 school year. This will allow deaf learners to choose sign language as a first
language.

Limpopo Premier Chupu Mathabatha says he wants matrics to get a pass rate of 80%
for this year?s National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams. The national exams start on
October 27.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said 9 530 flags have been distributed to
schools as part of government?s programme to popularise national symbols and to
mobilise citizens, especially the youth, to embrace their South African identity.

The department announced that it has established matric revision camps across the
province in areas such as Magaliesburg, Hammanskraal and Vanderbijlpark to ensure
that learners get ready for examinations.

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 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 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 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 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).

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