Grade 8 pupil from prestigious school gone missing during orientation camp

Boy went missing during orientation camp in North West SA

A Grade 8 boy at Parktown Boys’ High School, who  attending an orientation camp at a lodge near Brits in North West had been missing since Thursday morning following a water activity. The school issued a statement this morning (Friday) stating that the Grade 8 group arrived at camp on Wednesday. “On Thursday morning, it was realised that a boy had gone missing from the camp. Emergency procedures had been instituted by camp management and are being assisted by members of the local community and the SAPS Emergency Services,” according…

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Matric results – private and government schools 2020

Graphic depicting matric students in 2019

The IEB (international standards followed by private institutions) pass rate decreased slightly from 98.92% the previous year. Almost 12 000 full-time pupils and 779 part-time pupils wrote the 2019 exams. The largest group had achieved university passes to study for a degree, while 7.91% could study towards a diploma and 1.4% for a Higher Certificate. The closing date to apply for re-marking (only for IEB) is January 13. These results would be available on February 6. An overall pass rate of more than 81% had been achieved in the National…

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Where to find matric results this week

Image of matric girls getting their final exam results

The timeline for 2019 matric results: The IEB (Independent Examinations Board) announces the private schools matric results at 00:01 of Tuesday 7 January 2020 Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, would announce the national matric pass rate during the same  evening The Department of Basic Education will release the state NSC matric exam results on Wednesday 8 January 2020. Be wary of fakers In 2018, the Department of Basic Education posted a warning on Twitter, alerting parents and learners to avoid fake social media posts regarding access to matric results.

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Graduate class of 2019 – The New Year solution to last a lifetime

image of students obtaining their university degrees

Graduation season is in full swing and the Class of 2019 is celebrating one of the biggest milestones of their lives. But after all the hype and nervous conditions, graduates would be faced with the next big question What now? Many will opt to start their job search in the new year, while others would choose to further their education and pursue a post-graduate qualification. Those who are still undecided, should seriously consider going the latter route if circumstances allow, an education expert says. “As New Year’s resolutions go, choosing…

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Back-to-school financial checklist

The arrival of the holiday season means that back-to-school also looms large and now is a good time to re-examine your education budget and ready your finances. All parents want the best education for their children and the cost of schooling in South Africa is dependent on whether a child attends a public or a private school. Whatever your situation is, there are various ways to save towards your children’s education including: having a monthly budget, using your annual bonus and savings to pay fees upfront and investing in an…

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Mpumalanga learner in hospital after being stabbed at school

School violence on the increase.

A grade 11 learner from Shobiyane Secondary school in Bushbuckridge (BBR) is being treated in Rob Ferreira. He had been stabbed by another pupil. Today, the Education MEC for Mpumalanga, Bonakele Majuba, would visit the boy. The Department would investigate this incident. According to Psychology Today, a world renowned publication, when children are reared in a violent society, this would result in more violence. It also stated clearly that the violence of the internet/phone games youngsters watch and play, contributed to young people believing violence was acceptable. The increase of…

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Mpumalanga school wins at national water competition

Benjamin Primary School claimed the third prize at the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) national competition known as Baswa Le Meetse. Benjamin Primary School from Matsulu in the City of Mbombela claimed the only prize for the province in the music category during the DWS Baswa Le Meetse national adjudications held in Boksburg from 21 to 26 September. The award ceremony was held on 25 September and presided by Deputy Minister David Mahlobo. “The Baswa Le Meetse (BLM) competition is one of the key projects in the 2020 vision…

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Matrics encouraged to pull up socks ahead of final exams

Tumelo Waga Dibakwane BASIC Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, this week encouraged learners, who will be writing the 2019 matric examinations, to ensure that they use the remainder of their time to study. The National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations are about a month away, with the first exam to be written on 23 October. Motshekga said they expected 624 733 full-time candidates and 176 110 part-time candidates to sit for this year’s matric examinations at 8 000 examination centres. “In terms of system readiness, we have been closely tracking each of…

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Matrics without teachers

According to Dr Imram Keeka, spokesperson for education for the the Democratic Alliance, 22 teachers left their grade 12 students in a lurch because the new deputy principal was not their choice. The matrics of Kwadinabakubo High School, West of Durban are now facing the very important September trial exams without teachers. The teachers apparently left in April already. The DA is extremely concerned by recent events at Kwadinabakubo High School. It is clear that learners have become caught in the middle of school politics. This must be condemned in…

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Swazisoul donates shoes to destitute learners

LOCAL musician, Xolani Mashabane, also known as Swazisoul, last week donated school shoes to destitute learners at Shatleng Primary School in Marite, Bushbuckridge. Mashabane said he felt obliged to give back to the community that raised him. The singer, who lost his parents when he was still young, said when he was a student at the school, he used to attend classes wearing old torn up clothes as a school uniform. “Growing up in Marite, I did not have much as a child and knew I was not the only…

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