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The difference between achievement and excellence: Mathematics results for the NSC
The difference between achievement and excellence: Mathematics results for the NSC
You’ve got to feel for South Africa’s matriculants, particularly if they come from poor families, weren’t educated in their home languages,...
Students contest the status quo
Students contest the status quo
COMMENTOver the past two years, universities have become increasingly contested spaces. Student movements have rejected the status quo and...
Matric marks adjusted only if necessary
Matric marks adjusted only if necessary
ANALYSISThe standardisation of national examination results generates public interest whenever Umalusi announces the approval of the results...
Matric results 2016: 18 schools obtain 0% pass rate
Matric results 2016: 18 schools obtain 0% pass rate
A college owned by a Limpopo businessperson accused of leaking a matric maths exam paper last year is among 18 schools that obtained a 0% pass rate...
Is selective learning the way to go?
Is selective learning the way to go?
With yesterday's announcement of the 2016 matriculation results, the discourse is being dominated by a fixation on the results, with provincial...
10 things you should know from the 2016 matric results
10 things you should know from the 2016 matric results
The 2016 matric results are out, and hundreds of thousands of pupils across the country have discovered their fate. Basic Education Minister Angie...
Increased education spending bears fruit as pass rate climbs
Increased education spending bears fruit as pass rate climbs
The national school pass rate rose for the first time in three years as the government boosted spending on education and teachers got to grips with...
Matric results 2016: Bachelor's passes for more than 150 000 pupils
Matric results 2016: Bachelor's passes for more than 150 000 pupils
The 2016 national matric pass rate is 72.5%, an increase of 1.8% from 70.7% in 2015. 
20% maths decree sets a dangerous precedent for schooling in South Africa
20% maths decree sets a dangerous precedent for schooling in South Africa
The department of basic education in South Africa has reacted to pupils’ exceedingly low attainment rates in maths education in a controversial...
​Student aid funding scheme may have a new future
​Student aid funding scheme may have a new future
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) could soon be forced to take a backseat if Cabinet endorses plans for a new entity aimed at...
AfriKaaps is an act of reclamation
AfriKaaps is an act of reclamation
COMMENTMultilingual speakers of Kaaps remain burdened by the negative colonial and apartheid image of Gamtaal in South Africa.
​Integrate science, don’t segregate it
​Integrate science, don’t segregate it
COMMENTColonisation is defined as “the action or process of settling among and establishing control over the indigenous people of an...
​Pupils’ 20% pass reflects crisis in maths teaching
​Pupils’ 20% pass reflects crisis in maths teaching
COMMENTMany South Africans were outraged by the recent announcement that, for 2016, pupils in grades 7 to 9 could progress to the next grade...
Angie has a plan but the piggy bank is empty
Angie has a plan but the piggy bank is empty
The basic education department wants to increase the number of schools managed by education districts – a move envisaged to severely affect...
​Drop in grade nine maths whizzes could affect SA’s future
​Drop in grade nine maths whizzes could affect SA’s future
The lead researcher for an important international study has red-flagged the drop in the number of grade nines who excel at maths, pointing to its...

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