Literacy and numeracy tests provide valuable insights into pupils' performance.
There was much tears and excitement as South African pupils returned to school for the start of the new year.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced matrics achieved a pass rate of 78.2%, with the Free State getting the top marks of 87.4%.
Umalusi has apologised for the question relating to baby rape in the dramatic arts matric examination, saying it was in poor taste.
Meals are back in 11 Limpopo schools after legal action, but the lost teaching time worries principals.
The department of basic education has called for more public comment on increasing the 30% minimum matric pass rate mark.
Cheaper independent schools are out of the poorâ€™s grasp because they canâ€™t afford to lower their fees.
The basic education department's advocate says Bobby Soobrayan was not authorised to sign the agreement, which makes it null and void.
The basic education department only realised on the eve of paying teachers it had several months earlier "erroneously" signed the labour agreement.
The basic education department wants the Labour Court to accept that Bobby Soobrayan made a pure error when he agreed to a 100% wage increment.
David Macfarlane wonders where the political accountability in basic education is.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union wants to be represented at basic education director general bobby Soobrayan's disciplinary hearing.
Minister Angie Motshekga has allowed basic education director general Bobby Soobrayan to take special leave ahead of hearings, says the department.
Equal Education says it won in this settlement with the basic education minister, while the department says it was the one vindicated with the ruling.
Sadtu says it will ramp up its mobilisation for the axing of Bobby Soobrayan, the director general of the basic education department.
A recent report ignores preschool and home environments that are crucial to language skills.
We track Equal Education's two-year battle to get Angie Motshekga to publish norms for school infrastructure - a fight that is not over yet.
Equal Education has been preparing papers to go back to court over norms and standards for school infrastructure, says the NGO.
In a surprise move, the basic education department has announced it only planned to provide every child with a textbook by 2014.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has made new promises for the coming year during her budget presentation in Parliament.