It's one thing to focus on SA's long-term prospects. Be careful not to miss the forest for the trees. But what's to be done when the forest suddenly goes up in flames? asks Ron Derby.
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The Class of 2020 will not go down the drain, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has assured South Africans.
The Basic Education Department has vowed to work towards ensuring pupils continue benefiting from the school nutrition programme while at home.
Reducing school dropout rate would help to maximise the value of young people in building the prospects of our nation, writes Merle Mansfield.
If we do not address the problem of low literacy and numeracy skills in the system, especially in the early years, there is a high risk of streaming learners according to the education opportunities the system has afforded them, rather than their academic abilities, writes Equal Education
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the public education system is beginning to reach the desired stability after the matric class of 2019 achieved an improved 81.3% pass rate.
More than 700 000 candidates sat for the end-of-year exams at 7 000 examination centres across the country.
The introduction of a General Education Certificate does not mean pupils can leave school after completing Grade 9, the education department says.
"We have developed the grade R to 3 coding and robotics curriculum, and the design of the grades 4 to 9 curriculum is at an advanced stage. We will also be piloting this curriculum from January 2020 in grades R to 3 and Grade 7."
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says one of her department's priorities this year will be improving the infrastructure of high schools.
There was no conflict of interest in Western Cape Premier Helen Zille offering assistance to an educational workshop programme involving her son in 2014, says Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.
During the lockdown, the Department of Basic Education is embarking on various alternatives to ensure that learning continues while pupils are at home, especially Grade 12s, who have to prepare for their final examinations.
The Minister says the closure of schools is important to combat the spread of the coronavirus in South Africa.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says she will investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths of pupils Enoch Mpianzi, 13, and Keamohetswe Seboko, 13.
The Free State had the highest number of matric pupils who passed their 2019 National Senior Certificate examinations, but it was Gauteng which obtained the highest percentage of pupils who qualified for entry to study for a degree.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has failed to eradicate pit toilets at schools and comply with the 2016 Norms and Standards deadline for school infrastructure, Equal Education says.
The introduction of a General Education Certificate at the end of Grade 9 symbolises that a pupil has finished one phase of schooling, not that they can leave school, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says.
Reinstating the death penalty? No, no, no, says Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.
Pupils from different provinces gathered outside the basic education department, dressing up as Minister Angie Motshekga and her MECs for a "swearing-in" ceremony.
The ANC in the Western Cape has called on premier Helen Zille to vacate her office or be fired for bringing her office into disrepute and controversy.
The Constitutional Court has dismissed the Department of Basic Education's application for leave to appeal Equal Education's "infrastructure judgment" in what has become known as the #FixTheNorms case.
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