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History to be more equal than other subjects?

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th June 2018 Some associate professor was an in-studio guest on one of our television channels the other night. To mangle a famous quotation in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, he was on about why history should be more equal than other subjects at high school level in South Africa. He and other dons who... 

Anglo American, department launch ambitious education programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American on Friday launched a new education programme, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE), which will improve outcomes for learners in 100 early childhood development sites and 100 primary and secondary schools that are local to the company’s... 

Lonmin hands over New Marikana primary school to Basic Education dept

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2018 Platinum group metals miner Lonmin on Friday handed the New Marikana primary school over to the North West Department of Education and Sport Development, in Rustenburg, and the Marikana community.  

SA ruling party lauds exam results, but opposition, unions not impressed

By: African News Agency      5th January 2018 South Africa’s governing ANC on Friday applauded a higher pass rate from the 2017 school ending examinations, but opposition said the results were much weaker when factoring in a worryingly high dropout rate. The African National Congress said the National Senior Certificate examination results... 

We have not crossed the Rubicon – Motshekga

By: African News Agency      4th January 2018 Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has conceded that more still needs to be done to improve the level of education in South Africa despite a number of gains in the last few years. This comes as Motshekga announced that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination pass rate in 2017,... 

School project dubbed case study in meaningful public–private partnership

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2017 The high school built and supported by information technology and business systems multinational Oracle, in Kaalfontein, Midrand, was a case study for the department on how to design, build, equip and support schools, said Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga. Speaking at the Ponelopele... 

Digital public-private high school celebrates ten years 

2nd March 2017 Information technology multinational Oracle last month celebrated the tenth year of the fully digital high school, which it built in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Education.  

SA’s Class of 2016 improves pass rate to 72.5%

By: African News Agency      4th January 2017 Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced on Wednesday that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) class of 2016 had achieved a pass rate of 72.5% – up from the 70.7% in 2015. The 2016 pass rate includes progressed learners – those who had failed Grade 11 twice and been pushed through... 

Progressing failed learners has borne fruit – Motshekga

By: News24Wire      4th January 2017 The Department of Basic Education's policy to promote more than 100 000 learners has borne fruit, Minister Angie Motshekga said on Wednesday. The 2016 matric pass rate, including the results of the progressed learners, has increased to 72.5% - 1.8% more than last year’s rate of 70.7%. 

50% of matriculants gain access to higher education

By: News24Wire      4th January 2017 The Department of Basic Education has announced that more than 50% of matriculants have obtained passes that will give them access to higher learning institutions. "More than 50% of learners passed with the required standard to enable them to access higher education," said the department's Dr... 

Glencore cuts supply cloth to fit demand coat

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2016 The mix of mining and marketing within the same company provides sensitivity to commodity price falls. Continually highlighting the value of the mining-marketing mix is Glencore, which is quick to respond to market changes. 

Offshore investment key to offset rising costs of education in South Africa

8th March 2016 No one disputes the link between education and economic development, or that the best way to improve a country’s education level is through efficiently run, state-owned, schools and universities. But many parents choose to rather rely on the local private sector, and on overseas education. Both... 

O.R. Tambo International Airport sponsors the Ekurhuleni North District Awards as part of its Back to School Campaign program

4th February 2016 O.R. Tambo International Airport, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, hosted the Ekurhuleni North District School Awards ceremony on Friday, 29th January 2016 at Emperors Palace. The glitzy, but befitting event was attended by more than 540 special guests including principals,... 

It's D-day for class of 2015

By: News24Wire      5th January 2016 It’s D-day for the class of 2015, as Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga gets ready to announce the National Senior Certificate examination results at Vodacom World in Midrand, Johannesburg, on Tuesday afternoon. During a live TV broadcast at 18:00 Motshekga will announce the national pass... 

Govt has lost control over teacher appointments - Motshekga

By: News24Wire      17th December 2015 Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday admitted that government had handed control of appointments of teachers and principals to corrupt officials. She said she was saddened to inform the media that half of her department's appointment system was controlled by unions. Motshekga... 

Motsepe Foundation provides R117m for schools sport, culture programmes 

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2015 The Motsepe Foundation has committed about R117.5-million to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) for sports and music development at schools across South Africa. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga received the donation from the foundation’s cofounder and JSE-listed mining firm African... 

Glencore puts millions into education in Mpumalanga coalfields 

12th June 2015 Mining and marketing giant Glencore, which recently provided R2.76-million in funding for the LaunchPad video mentoring facility for learners in the Phola community of Mpumalanga, on Friday also launched a R75-million state-of-the-art school in Phola for learners in the province's coalfields,... 

Operation Phakisa gets underway in education sector

By: SANews, SA government news service     5th June 2015 Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Friday said the Council of Education Ministers (CEM) has received a progress report on Operation Phakisa as it relates to the education sector. The progress report included progress around the creation of digital content such as interactive work books,... 

Efforts under way to centralise govt procurement system

By: Natalie Greve     25th February 2015 Following the revelation by National Treasury last month that the South African public sector spent an “enormous” R500-billion on goods and services and construction works in the 2013/14 fiscal period, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told Parliament on Wednesday that several supply-chain... 

Schools to meet minimum standards by 2016 

By: Sapa     25th February 2015 All schools are expected to meet minimum norms and standards for infrastructure by next year, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said in his 2015/16 budget speech in the National Assembly on Wednesday. "The school infrastructure backlogs programme is allocated R7.4-billion for the replacement of over... 

University not the only option for graduating matrics, emphasises Nzimande  

By: Natalie Greve     12th January 2015 Graduating matriculants should not consider acceptance to a university as the only option available to them to kick-start their career, but should also investigate other further education opportunities within the Post-School Education and Training (PSET) system, Higher Education and Training... 

Impact of new curriculum on employability of matriculants unclear – Busa 

By: Natalie Greve     6th January 2015 While noting that there had been a “concerted effort” by government to improve the pass rate of matriculants, industry body Business Unity South Africa (Busa) acting CEO Peggy Drodskie said it remained unclear what impact the final-stage introduction of a revised curriculum in 2014 would have on... 

Mixed reaction to matric pass rate 

By: Sapa     6th January 2015 Political parties had mixed reaction to the 2014 matric pass rate on Monday. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that the national pass rate was 75.8 percent, from 78.2 percent in 2013. 

DBE and Tiger Brands Foundation Celebrates 20 millionth meal in Limpopo

16th October 2014 The Department of Basic Education in partnershipwith Tiger Brands Foundation have celebrated the serving of the 20 millionth meals to learnerssince the establishment of thein-School Breakfast Programme.The School Breakfast Programmemakes it possible for learners from no fee paying schools to... 

SA maths, science teaching worst in world – WEF 

By: Sapa     9th September 2014 South Africa has the worst maths and science teaching in the world according to a World Economic Forum (WEF) global competitiveness report. The country came last, 144th out of 144 countries, for maths and science teaching, according to the report released on Monday. 

Newly constituted ministerial clusters announced

By: SANews, SA government news service     26th June 2014 The Presidency has announced the new ministerial clusters which have been constituted to improve coordination within government and enhance the delivery of services. The Presidency said on Thursday the main functions of the clusters are to ensure the alignment of government wide priorities,... 

SA last in maths, science education 

By: Sapa     2nd June 2014 The quality of South Africa's maths and science education places it last out of 148 countries, according to a World Economic Forum (WEF) report. Under the "skills" sub-category, the quality of South Africa's maths and science education comes in last place, behind the likes of Haiti, Lesotho,... 

New Deputy President, ministers sworn in

By: SANews, SA government news service     26th May 2014 The country’s Deputy President, including the 35 new ministers, were sworn in today. In a ceremony conducted at the Presidential Guesthouse, the new Cabinet members took an oath to serve the country. The proceedings got underway with President Jacob Zuma swearing in his Deputy Cyril Ramaphosa. "I... 

Fifth SA Cabinet largely welcomed

By: Sapa     26th May 2014 President Jacob Zuma's newly-announced Cabinet was largely welcomed on Sunday as being able to drive socio-economic transformation forward, but the official opposition was decidedly less excited about the prospects. The African National Congress (ANC) believed the choice of leaders was balanced... 

Zuma announces new Cabinet

By: Sapa     25th May 2014 President Jacob Zuma on Sunday announced the new Cabinet for his second five-year term in office. African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is Deputy President. Zuma named a Nhlanhla Nene Finance Minister, Ngoaka Ramatlhodi Mineral Resources Minister and Tina Joemat-Peterssen... 

New school in place of Madiba’s birth has strong science focus

By: Anine Kilian     14th February 2014 The Mandela School of Science & Technology in Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape, has opened its doors for 420 learners in Grades 8, 9 and 10 this month and expects to reach its full capacity of 700 learners, from grade 8 to 12, by 2016. The school, which was officially opened by President Jacob Zuma and... 

100% pass rate would erode credibility of matric exam

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     7th February 2014 There was much celebration nationwide when the results of the 2013 Grade 12 school exam, still commonly referred to as matric – showed a 4% improvement over the 2012 results. The overall pass rate came out at 78%. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshega was extremely pleased and there were... 

Transport Minister recommits to road safety interventions

By: Natalie Greve     9th January 2014 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Thursday that government would continue to uphold the various resolutions adopted at its October 2013 Road Safety Summit, which aimed to halve the number of fatalities on South African roads by 2020, but also appealed to individuals to exercise caution and... 

Matric pass rate 78%

By: Sapa     7th January 2014 The 2013 matric pass rate exceeded the basic education department's target by reaching 78.2%, Minister Angie Motshekga said in Johannesburg on Monday. In 2012 it was 73.9%, she said in Johannesburg. 

Gauteng ANC calling on Mbeki to be Zuma’s cheerleader, flower girl  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     11th October 2013 According to newspaper reports, the African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng would like former President Thabo Mbeki to join the 2014 election campaign effort of the ruling party in the province of gold. 

Steelmaker hands over R45m Eastern Cape school to govt

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     9th August 2013 Steel producer and mining company ArcelorMittal South Africa has completed and handed over the state-of-the-art R45-million Mandela Park Primary School, which was built in Slovo Park, Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape. 

School biometrics system implementation to enforce accountability 

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th February 2013 The Department of Basic Education (DBE) aimed to pilot a biometrics system within public schools to assess its viability and effectiveness in enforcing teacher accountability in South Africa. The department was expected to analyse the potential cost and timeframes, besides others, of the proposed... 

Introducing learners to chess at an early age will help boost matric results 

By: Kelvin Kemm     9th November 2012 Newspapers recently announced the start of the annual matric exam trek for thousands of school learners. One could virtually hear the drum roll as the country waits, with bated breath, to see what the results will be. It is not only the matric pass rate that is of interest, but also the subjects... 

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