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When considering the quality of a child's education, one of the chief motivating factors when choosing schools remains the likelihood that a specific school will allow a child to perform at the highest possible level. One of the best measures to adjudicate this is to see how many As and distinctions the school produces annually in Matric exams.


The South African Higher Education sector has introduced a number of measures to ensure that the skills gap in the country can be filled. Here’s how the Department of Basic (DBE) is playing its part.

A number of provinces have opened their online application portals for learners starting Grade 1 and Grade 8 in 2023. While parents can apply for specific schools, some schools will require learners to complete tests before they can be admitted.

Early childhood education is considered the foundation for cognitive development in young children. The recent shift of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) function to the education department was done in the hopes of strengthening the sector.


The South African Schools Act states that every Member of the Executive Council must ensure that there are enough school places so that every child in the province can attend school.


Learners in the Northern Cape will soon be embarking on the next step of their academic journeys as they start with Primary and High school.  Here’s when applications will open in the province.

The first few years at school are crucial in a child's development, as the foundation of learning is laid as they learn the basics of literacy and numeracy. However, parents in the Free State fear that learners could lose out on this crucial development.


Teachers are the heartbeat of a country’s society as they play a crucial role in educating the next generation of roleplayers, medical professionals, engineers, sports stars, business people and all leaders.


The Gauteng Education Department has announced the opening dates for online school applications in the province. Here’s why Grade R parents should take note of the dates.

Parents in Gauteng will have a four-week period to apply for a placement at schools for their children attending Grade 1 and Grade 8 in 2023. 

Technology has evolved the way we conduct daily tasks and the days of approaching schools directly for learner placement are no longer standard practice in many of South Africa’s provinces.


In 2021 the Health Department reported 132 000 deliveries by young girls between ages of 10 and 19. Pregnancy amongst school learners often leads to many teenage girls not completing matric.


Learner's attendance in KwaZulu-Natal has picked up over the past few days after two weeks of uncertainty brought upon by torrential rain and flooding in parts of the province.


The transition of Early Childhood Development (ECD) from the Department of Social Development to the Department of Basic Education is now in full swing, and will change how the academic development of young children is approached in South Africa.

When the weather system triggered floods in the KZN province, enormous damage was left behind as the weather calmed down. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) paid a visit to the affected schools and left those schools with tips on how learning and teaching may continue.


More than 10 million people have been benefiting from the R350 grant monthly. However, changes in regulations could mean that fewer people will receive the grant.


The devastating impact of the flood is not yet known as many learners in KwaZulu-Natal are being prevented from learning while damage to critical infrastructure is still being assessed.


Quality education and digital learning aren’t just closely connected. They’re rapidly becoming one and the same thing. Without a thorough understanding of digital platforms, and the ability to engage with them easily and intuitively, learners – both young and adult – will continue to fall short of their full potential.

Disciplinary hearings will begin on Monday for the more than 30 learners who were suspended after consuming Marijuana on school premises.


The deadline to register children for grade 1 and grade 8 in the Western Cape has closed, however, this does not necessarily mean your child will not have a desk in a classroom next year.