Despite the concrete and multiple improvements in the quality of education, it boils down to how much confidence the public has in state schooling.
Although the matric exams are an important institution in South Africa, they should not be used as the primary indicator of school-system performance.
University of Free State vice chancellor Jonathan Jansen said the results of the Grade 12 national senior certificate are "grossly misleading".
Drama pupils offended by a question relating to baby rape in a matric exam paper were unprepared, say examination authorities.
Basic education is looking at excluding a baby rape question from a matric exam paper after it caused an uproar with teachers, pupils and parents.
The department of education should insist that matric markers are properly qualified.
Research reveals that poor language and maths education in SA is failing hundreds of thousands of pupils.
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Umalusi says it is concerned about the running of matric exams in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape, where departments are under administration.
The first bad thing about the 2012 matric results is that 35% of the pupils failed completely.
There is no crisis in the quality of education in Gauteng and South Africa, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has said.
A total of 98.2% of students who wrote the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations under the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) have passed.
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union has indicated that knives would soon be out for department of basic education's Bobby Soobrayan.
Despite recent protests, floods and textbook delivery problems, more than 500 000 pupils sat for their first matric exam on Monday.
Northern Cape matrics, barred from their schools earlier this year, have been forced to relocate to a remote hostel, but there is a silver lining.
Umalusi expresses concern over the storm in the media and civil society regarding the standards of South African education.
Despite all the odds being stacked against me, I managed to grow into a shining star, says a learner from Gauteng.
FET colleges need vast improvements if they are going to compete with universities, experts say.
After a fatal stampede in Johannesburg, questions are being raised about why late applicants in Gauteng target UJ and not other universities.