Institutions of higher education, universities offer both undergraduate and postgraduate education for students. Many students who pass Matric go on to study at one of the universities in South Africa or around the world, continuing their education. Some stop after their Bachelor's degree, while others go on to be awarded their Honours, Masters and Doctorates. Universities are an essential part of society, providing tertiary education to each new group of students and preparing them for demanding, skill-intensive jobs. Without universities, we would be without doctors, engineers and mathematicians, to name a few. Look below for news relating to universities, fees and registration, as well as the challenges facing tertiary education in South Africa.
The sound of school bells echoing through the air will officially mark the start of the 2008 academic year as well as the second year of Maths on MXit; the innovative instant messaging maths tutoring programme.
With over five million school-going children, 25 081 more than last year, from across the country set to benefit from schools fees exemptions a huge burden that has been taken off the shoulders of parents struggling to make ends meet.
Matrics who fail both their final exams in 2007 and supplementary exams in June 2008 will have to write the old Senior Certificate as private candidates or go to back school for three years and start again in Grade 10 under the new National Senior Certificate, says INTEC College, one of South Africa?s leading providers of distance learning.
Education Minister Naledi Pandor has wished all the Grade 12 learners well in their examinations which kicked off on Wednesday.
About 599 048 learners are sitting for matric examinations across 8 000 centres.
The learning process is set to change forever for pupils of two rural Ntabankulu schools in the former Transkei after they were presented with 40 computers by Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana. He urged the pupils and staff of Ntsikayezwe and Ntabankulu Senior Secondary Schools to make full use of the units to improve their studies.