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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 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.

There has been much debate around the matric results and whether these results are a true reflection of the performance levels of grade 12 learners. Minister of Education Debbie Schäfer gives insight on the pass rate.

The matric class of 2014 has achieved a pass rate of 75.8%. The National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination was written by 550 127 full-time and 138 533 part-time candidates.

The Mpumalanga Department of Education has allocated 250 bursaries to learners who want to pursue teaching as their career, with a special focus on Maths, Science, Accounting, Economics and Agriculture.

The Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training, Umalusi, says the 2014 matric exams were fair and credible, despite incidents of copying in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

For many prospective parents, the burden of providing for a child’s education becomes
more and more of a challenge as costs escalate and the general level of public school
education appears to deteriorate.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has commended all those involved in the
delivery of a successful 2014 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination including
teachers, officials and matriculants.

Free State Education MEC Tate Makgoe says matric learners in the province have
found the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations fair, reasonable and
challenging.

The names of Grade 12 learners who pass matric will not be published in the
newspapers when the matric results are released. The decision to review the
publishing of individual Grade 12 learner results followed a recommendation of a task
team.

The Department of Basic Education has raised the pass mark for grades 7, 8 and 9 as
part of its efforts to improving the quality of education in the public school system. Is
this the right step?

The department has expressed its desire to root out corruption and maladministration
in schools. Government has a "statutory obligation to ensure that these funds are
spent as intended".

Making sure that every South African child receives quality schooling is an urgent
need. South Africa’s first peer-based township school proves the that Minister's 2014
Action Plan is possible.

A Task Team, established by Education Minister Angie Motshekga, has recommended
medium to long term improvements to the standard National Senior Certificate (NSC).
Find out more about the recommendations.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) says it appreciates the support that parents
and the South African community have shown so far to grade 12 learners during the
current examinations.

Equal Education, well known for their school-based campaigns, recently initiated a
march to protest against low quality infrastructure and a lack of educational material
in Western Cape Schools.

Final exams are about to get started and for many of you the main priority is to
achieve good results. But how? Studying hard is half the job but to study effectively
is the real key to successful learning.

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.

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