Our social development programs are too focused on welfarism and too little on healing the social pain that is overwhelming so many, writes Mamphela Ramphele.
The Dominican School for the Deaf has hailed as a major victory the fact that sign language has been included as a subject in the National Senior Certificate exams.
Ghanaian student Ebenezer Odei has matriculated with five distinctions, but fears that documentation issues may halt his dream of becoming an accountant.
Masiphumelele High School's top matriculant has achieved six distinctions and plans to study mechanical engineering.
The principal of Moroke Secondary School has had to turn down scores of applications from parents wanting to enrol their children at the school.
It wasn't only the efforts of pupils that raised the matric pass rate at Moqhaka High School by 40%, but also the extra efforts of their parents, says the school's proud principal.
The sluggish pace of learning and teaching at Limpopo's Senwane Secondary School, which achieved a 0% pass rate in the 2018 matric exams, has been given as the reason for the school's performance.
Quality education should not become something that can only be enjoyed by those who have money, writes Mcebo Dlamini.
Education analyst Nic Spaull has raised concerns about the 2018 National Senior Certificate results, among them the high dropout rate of pupils before they reach Grade 12.
Entering the South African correctional facility as a teenager, a young KwaZulu-Natal boy thought that all hope was lost.
Of the 94 870 pupils who sat for their National Senior Certificate in Gauteng, 83 406 passed, the province's education department has announced.
Business tycoon Robert Gumede has gifted his 18-year-old son a Porsche GT3 retailing at R3m for passing matric. Watch.
In 2018, out of a total of 270 516 mathematics writers, 37% passed with 40% and above. And those who start university and come in with a National Senior Certificate mathematics mark of 90% and above are more likely to pass a university course, usually with an average mean of 64%, if they're lucky. So although strengthening the pool of students will require efforts at primary and secondary level, the onus for growing the pool of qualified graduates lies with higher education.
Lance Minnies came close to losing his life in a deadly 2016 fire and almost gave up on his studies when he recovered. But it was the hope for a better future that pulled him through.
With the 2018 NSC matric results all wrapped up, let's take a look at how each province has performed academically from 2014 to 2018.
"There is no secret to success. It's about preparation, hard work and learning from failures," says Lerato Ruth Sihlangu, who passed matric with two distinctions.
Over 500 schools in the country achieved a 100% pass rate for the 2018 matric exams and a fifth of them have been doing so for 5 years now. These are SA's top achieving schools.
The Free State department of education owes its matric results success to a programme that was developed in last-placed Limpopo, says Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha.
Danica Meiring says seeing her studies as a "full-time job" helped her to succeed.
One proud mom couldn't hold back her elation when she found out her son had obtained the first bachelors pass in her family.
Limpopo may have improved its matric results in 2018, but this did not stop criticism from opposition political parties about it finishing last among the country's nine provinces.
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