A decade of Jacob Zuma has made South Africans more desperate but also more wary of politics and receptive to Siya Kolisi's brand of sincere, lived-in pragmatism, writes Cecelia Balfour.
There is no way to spin the issue. An honest glare in the mirror is needed lest we fail more young people, writes Zohra Dawood.
The chairperson of Gauteng's portfolio committee on education has urged parents to not disrupt schools in 2018, saying last year's countrywide academic disruptions might have contributed to the province's failure to increase its pass rate.
KZN is advertising limited bursaries for matrics who want to study teaching.
Hard work and dedication has paid off for Thalentha Ngoveni, who was gifted with a red Toyota Yaris as a reward for earning seven distinctions in his matric examination.
Despite being one of eight children surviving on his mother’s disability grant, Lebogang Mnisi’s Grade 12 results came back this week with five distinctions.
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education Mthandeni Dlungwana says he is satisfied with the performance of the province's Class of 2017.
Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha says the increase in the matric pass rate shows that it is slowly recovering from its financial woes.
Although the Western Cape matric pass rate has decreased, the province is still in the 80% arena; the province scored the highest mathematics pass rate in the country and the second highest for physical sciences.
Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi has congratulated committed educators in the province for ensuring a 85.1% pass rate for the nearly 100 000 full-time learners who wrote the National Senior Certificate examinations.
The real matric pass rate is closer to 40%, if the number of Grade 10s from 2015 who later became dropouts, is taken into account, the Democratic Alliance says.
Members of the matric class of 2017 who will not be studying further will struggle to find a job quickly, says an economist.
LIMPOPO again stumbled to the second from last position in the matric exam ranking, with only 65,6% of matrics managing to pass.
THE names of Mpumalanga’s top 10 matric achievers – led by 16-year-old Thalentha Ngobeni – were announced by Education MEC Reginah Mhaule on Friday.
Mphoentle Piliso has defied the odds. Despite growing up without parents and being diagnosed with asthma, she has become one of the top learners in the country.
Deep-rooted teamwork by passionate stakeholders helped the Free State to become the province with the top matric results.
Despite sometimes having to walk 30 minutes in the dark on her way home from night classes at her school, Snothile Jacinta Mahlinza, 17, managed to bag six distinctions.
Whether it's being a physicist, actuary or doctor, Gauteng's top-achieving matriculants of the Class of 2017, have big plans for the future.
The 2017 matric pass rate in prison has improved by 4.6% compared to the previous year and has hit 76.7%, according to the Department of Correctional Services.
'I knew that even though I had three distinctions, I wasn’t going to get into any of the universities I had applied to because I didn't get a B pass.'
Janke van Dyk, the top achieving matriculant in 2017, has said she and her family would probably be having a braai to celebrate her achievement.
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