Teachers' union Sadtu tends to believe that it can dictate education policy. However without them the minister can't do much.
A Port Elizabeth school is livid with its absent principal, who is well enough to punt a new union but is yet to show up at school.
Contradicting stances by government leaders makes the potential revival of teacher colleges even harder to do than it already is.
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.
The new curriculum has presented serious challenges, but experts are confident that a good base has been formed and the pass rate will rise.
The department of basic education announced it will begin an investigation into allegations that union members were selling teacher posts.
President Jacob Zuma has appealed to leaders within the alliance to put their differences aside to ensure it continues to be a leader in society.
Suspended teacher union members insist their removal ahead of key conferences is a ploy by a Cosatu faction.
Sadtu has vowed to strike if the education department doesn't address what the union's long-standing issues, such as unpaid salaries.
Sadtu president Thobile Ntola has criticised his expulsion along with the union's provincial body and Numsa.
The department of education should insist that matric markers are properly qualified.
ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa says education will only improve if teachers take competency tests, assessments that Sadtu has called demeaning.
Efforts to address past injustices have lowered the bar for education in South Africa, says Agang SA leader Maphela Ramphele.
In a declaration after its national general council, Sadtu has urged its members to support Cosatu's suspension of general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union wants to be represented at basic education director general bobby Soobrayan's disciplinary hearing.
Sadtu says it will ramp up its mobilisation for the axing of Bobby Soobrayan, the director general of the basic education department.
The Western Cape wants teacher union Sadtu to pay the legal costs should 17 schools in the province lose their legal battle to stay open.