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The final leg of the countdown to the final matric exams has begun, as over 700 000 full time candidates prepare to write. 

The Gauteng Education Department began their school placements on Friday 15 October. According to Gauteng Education spokesperson Steve Mabona, parents have been confirming that they have received school placement offers for their children.

The DBE is piloting the rollout of the General Education Certificate which will be given to Grade 9 learners to address the current issue of many learners leaving school without a national qualification.

The recently held National Teachers Awards included a prize where teachers needed to identify a learner who would win a Funza Lushaka Bursary. This Bursary offers a multi-year programme to students, which promotes teaching as a profession.

Applications to register for the Second Chance Programme are currently open. The programme aims to help those learners who did not pass their National Senior Certificate or Extended Senior Certificate. Below you may find more about this program.

The matric class of 2021 final exam countdown has begun. Learners have about two weeks to go before they sit for their first paper on 27 October 2021. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga assures the public that the matric class of 2021 is ready. 

The Department of Education will be employing teacher assistants again in November 2021 and you might be interested in earning an income but if you are a NSFAS student you unfortunately do not qualify for this post. Keep reading to find out what the requirements are to qualify for the teaching assistant post. 

The Basic Education Employment Initiative has invited the youth of South Africa to apply for the opportunity between the 27th of September and the 3rd of October 2021.

Hoerskool DF Malan in Bellville is again in the spotlight after the School’s Governing Body (SGB) rejected a request by a group of parents for a referendum regarding the rejection of the school’s name change. 

The South African Democratic Teacher’s Union (SADTU) in the Western Cape has released a statement condemning the murder of a teacher in the Western Cape.

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) is calling for changes to be made to the current academic calendars that inland and coastal schools follow. The union believes this change will be good for the schooling system,

NAPTOSA voiced their views on the recent research report by the Stellenbosch University’s Research on Socioeconomic Policy Group on the flow of learners through schools.

The National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) sends a stern warning against teachers who still refuse to vaccinate. The teachers union indicated that it has been consistent in speaking to its members to go and get vaccinated, and refusal to do so could enforce mandatory processes. 

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) reported over 73 000 processed Grade 1 and 8 online applications within a day of opening for Phase 2 of the 2022 academic year. Phase 2 follows the first phase of the online applications which took place between August and September 2021. 

The University of Stellenbosch has conducted a study presenting a flow of South Africa's schooling system. The study finds that an average South African spends 10 years in high school before obtaining matric, which has progressively led to a high dropout rate in the country’s education system. 

Does your child love math or enjoy problem-solving? If yes, then sign them up for the free of charge, online #BricsMath competition.

Matric is one of the most important Grades that lays foundation for your tertiary education. It takes over eleven years of learning through smaller grades before you get there, this should be enough to explain its importance. Can you do matric in 6 months? Answer is waiting for you below.

For 10 years learners at Finetown Secondary School have had to deal with learning in an environment that is not ideal, as the classrooms are quite small and require many repairs. Now learners have to deal with additional challenges that have been introduced through rotational learning which was brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The principal of Redhill School has made a radical suggestion to drop two subjects from the school curriculum as schools across the country battle to keep up after Covid-19 disruptions. 

The world continues to evolve and the way things are done is always changing and improving. Therefore in an effort to ensure learners are well-equipped for the future, the DBE has introduced a three streams model into the curriculum.