Teacher unions reject clocking-in system for educators despite study finding they are regularly absent.
"In a democracy such as ours, the underlying argument is that parents should be free to send their children to a school of their choice."
But English first additional language educators have been thwarted since their own school days, writes Prega Govender.
A major problem is the fraught relationship between the unions and the department, writes Michael Gardiner.
The gap between haves and have-nots is already set in stone for life in primary school, a study says.
The schools may no longer be burning and police are making progress in finding those behind the fiery attacks, but Vuwani residents are not reassured.
The justice and constitutional development department hosted a dialogue for school-goers on constitutional education in Parliament on Monday.
A $65-million contract was awarded to US-based Bridge International Academies - but the move has drawn international and local criticism.
Many parents are deterred from enrolling their children at ECD facilities because of prohibitive costs.
Children are doomed to fail if they are denied a good teacher, parental support and an early start on their education.
Gauteng's Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says those who thought education was only for the privileged will soon be shamed.
Opposition MPs have taken the basic education minister to task in Parliament after she praised the state of South Africa's "well-resourced" schools.
The department insists it released the document, despite no evidence of it being in the public domain.
A damning report held back from the public highlights the extent of cronyism and the influence of unions in filling education positions.
The roll-out of an innovative ICT project is seeing remarkable results but what comes next?
Minister Jeff Radebe has written a detailed article defending President Jacob Zuma's achievements. Africa Check fact-checked his claims.