basic education

Judgement over re-write of matric papers expected Friday

Basic Education says it has full confidence in the justice system after arguments were heard in an application in the High Court in Pretoria challenging the decision that two leaked matric exam papers be rewritten. Teachers Union, Sadtu, Afriforum and Independent pupils brought the application on an urgent basis. The[…]

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Unions await feedback on call to re-close schools

Teacher unions are optimistic that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will give them positive feedback on Wednesday night when she presents their submissions to Cabinet. Unions have renewed calls for schools to be closed citing an increase in COVID-19 infections. They also say many Grade 12 learners have not gone[…]

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Motshekga to address nation after meeting with unions

Education unions met with Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Saturday in a bid to convince her that despite her announcement that the phased reopening of schools would commence on Monday, the education system was simply not ready to do so in its current state. “Our position still stands, we[…]

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Still some issues to be resolved for school readiness

Another briefing scheduled by the Department of Basic Education to provide clarity on the reopening of schools was postponed on Thursday after provinces requested more time to prepare. However, according to stakeholders, this was to be expected due to unresolved concerns in the sector. Earlier on Thursday, Minister of Basic[…]

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Matric 2019 results by numbers and provinces

The Free State had the highest number of matric pupils who passed their 2019 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations, but it was Gauteng which obtained the highest percentage of pupils who qualified for entry to study for a degree. This according to the official NSC results released by Basic Education[…]

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Matric exams will be error-free: Basic Education

The Department of Basic Education has given the assurance that this year’s matric exams will be error-free and with no irregularities. The 2014 matric examinations across seven provinces were riddled with group cheating and copying. The examinations will start on October 26. Speaking on AM Live, the Chief Director of[…]

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‘ANA’s shouldn’t be written’: PPA

Students need to be adequately prepared to undertake the Annual National Assessments (ANAs), and the tests should not simply be used for promotional purposes. That was the view of one of Cape Town’s most vocal educators, Brian Isaacs, a member of the Progressive Principals Association (PPA). The ANA’s has been[…]

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