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.

About 148 bursaries are to be given to pupils in the North West province who performed well in 2007.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor visited four schools in Mpumalanga to ensure learning and teaching had started on time.

Most pupils were scared to let go of their parents on their first day of school, but 6-year-old Pale Nthite could only admire his new school uniform and was eager to start his schooling career

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.

In a bid to reduce overcrowding in Gauteng schools, the provincial Department of Education is expected to open 17 new schools when schools reopen countrywide

On the eve of a new school term, Education Minister Naledi Pandor has renewed her commitment to making schools in the country safer, focusing on sexual harassment and gender-based violence.

More than five million South African pupils will be exempted from paying school fees this year.

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.

Special Saturday schools are being organised by the Western Cape Education Department for candidates who failed the 2007 Senior Certificate Examinations

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.

Some 5 344 teaching positions have been created by the provincial Department of Education in Limpopo to ensure the provinces children receive quality education.

There may not be any traffic lights in Mpumalanga's rural Nkomazi area, but children at the local primary school know exactly what they are for, writes Thabisile Khoza.

The Zenex Foundation has donated R10 million to schools under the Dinaledi Project, which aims to boost high level mathematics and science at high schools.

The Dinaledi schools project is on course to increase the mathematics and science skills pool in the country, said Director General at the Department of Education Duncan Hindle.

A number of unique projects have received innovation awards, amongst them a Lapdesk, a solar-powered feeding scheme for a township school and a national credit site.

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.

This week sees the first group of grade 12 learners sitting for their final senior certificate examinations.

The 2007 senior certificate examinations have started in some provinces with the rest to follow next week.

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.


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