The state said they should not have known that the toilet Michael Komape drowned in was unsafe for use.
Teachers' union Sadtu tends to believe that it can dictate education policy. However without them the minister can't do much.
The fall in students studying maths and schools offering the subject is causing alarm – but the government's own figures paint a confusing picture.
If we are concerned about aspects of China, it is there that we should concentrate our efforts.
Accountability is a vague concept when it comes to SA's education system and panelists at a Wits debate had their differences on how to improve it.
What happened in the Eastern Cape education department to warrant an investigation by the Special Investigating Unit?
Opposition MPs have taken the basic education minister to task in Parliament after she praised the state of South Africa's "well-resourced" schools.
A damning report held back from the public highlights the extent of cronyism and the influence of unions in filling education positions.
The education department is offering pupils the option to learn a Chinese language, but the union wants more emphasis placed on indigenous languages.
The department of basic education wants to block the reappointment of public school teachers who have resigned in order to access their pension funds.
Equal Education and pupils frustrated by the long wait for better school infrastructure picketed outside the basic education department's office.
Bolstering a weak life orientation curriculum is proposed as one of the ways of preventing abuse, including rape, in classrooms.
"If President Jacob Zuma says young women must marry and other things, let's not make a big thing out of it," the ANC Women's League president said.
Suspicion about cheating has been widespread, particularly among part-time pupils, but little appears to have been done to deal with it.
The public needs information about part-time matric results to monitor the system’s success.
The conflicting statements about cheating during the 2014 matric exams equals complete national confusion.
Government remains mute about missing results and the Eastern Cape's teacher debacle.