Ralph Mathekga: Zille's election could be Maimane's lifeline... for now

2019-10-22 07:02

The events that have unfolded in the DA in the last few weeks have shown that Zille has more influence in the party than Maimane. In a sense, he serves at her pleasure, writes Ralph Mathekga.

It seems the Office of the Public Protector does exist... but does it function as it should?

2019-04-26 10:18

What about the tens of thousands of learners who have experienced sexual harassment and abuse at schools while government institutions stood by and did nothing?

Children with disabilities grow old waiting for schools

2017-07-13 08:02

An MP has raised serious doubts about the Department of Basic Education's claim that there are 11 461 disabled learners waiting for schools, saying it is much higher.

Education mulls lowering pass marks for junior years in high school

2017-07-05 13:45

Are pass marks in school set to even drop further?.

Editorial: Department’s decision does not add up

2016-12-11 06:03

The decision by the department of education to drop the pass rate for maths to 20% for grades 7 to 9 is an appalling indictment of our education system.

Teachers oppose 20% pass mark for maths

2016-12-08 16:21

An instruction from the Department of Basic Education that pupils in Grade 7, 8 or 9 who do not achieve 40% in mathematics should be "condoned" if they achieve 20% or above has teachers worried.

Officials on high alert over matric fraud

2016-10-23 06:00

All schools in which group copying by pupils occurred in the past two years have been flagged as “high risk” and geared to be closely monitored by education officials in a bid to curb cheating and fraud in matric exams, which started this week.

Blackouts won't harm exam writers - ministry

2014-11-04 07:13

The department of basic education has assured Fin24 that it has made provision for anything that may impact exam performance, and cautions students to remain calm.


'Sexy reading' tweets: gender-sensitisation training ordered for department spokesperson

2019-09-10 17:34

Department of Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga must undergo gender-sensitisation training after he tweeted sexist images on Twitter as part of a #ReadToLead campaign in August, the Commission on Gender Equality has recommended.

Minister's head should roll over pit latrine deaths

2018-03-22 08:03

The truth is that the will was never there to replace pit latrines. We live in a country where little children drown in faeces at school and the minister remains in her position with yet more empty promises, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Maths is still compulsory, education dept insists

2017-07-12 14:58

The Department of Basic Education has reiterated that it will not be removing Mathematics for Grades 7 to 9, after several news reports indicated that it would.

SA spends higher proportion of budget on education than US, UK

2017-01-05 14:56

SA's national school pass rate rose for the first time in three years as the government boosted spending on education and teachers got to grips with a new curriculum.

No such thing as a 20% maths pass mark – education dept

2016-12-09 18:41

The Department of Basic Education has moved to clear up confusion over reports that it will allow junior high school pupils to pass maths if they achieved 20% in the subject.

Funding for school infrastructure could cost R98bn

2016-11-14 19:06

Uplifting the infrastructure of schools will cost R98bn, according to estimates by the Department of Basic Education made as far back as 2013.

Over 800 000 pupils to write matric exams - dept

2015-09-03 19:44

Over 800 000 pupils are expected to write the Grade 12 National Senior Certificate examinations in 2015, the Department of Basic Education says.

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