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Maths and physical science pass rates show a decline, even after leaked papers

Home languages have remained steady, with a 90% pass mark, but other critical subjects have declined slightly

Class of 2020 produces ‘quality passes’ — Motshekga

The minister of basic education released the 2020 matric results on Monday, announcing that the overall pass rate has declined from 2019

The government needs to put human rights at the heart of education policy

Education in South Africa is dismally unequal, and Covid-19 has exacerbated the crisis. Investment in infrastructure is crucial

Leaked papers may lead to learners losing their matric certificates

Umalusi has approved the release of the 2020 matric results saying that it did not find systemic irregularities that compromised the exam

‘Don’t turn away children if registration fees aren’t paid – it’s illegal’

The basic education department has warned schools against this practice, especially in the light of Covid financial devastation

Vandals and storms damage schools, says education department

Learners will be moved to other schools and into mobile classrooms

Déjà vu as time runs out for schools to get PPE

The scenes from last year, when learners finally returned to school after the hard lockdown, are about to play themselves out again

Covid sets education back years

The effects of the pandemic will still be felt by learners entering the school system in 2028

Pandemic hobbles learners’ futures

South African schools have yet to open for the 2021 academic year and experts are sounding the alarm over lost learning time, especially in the crucial grades one and 12

Department of basic education edges closer to releasing matric results

The basic education department has said that it is almost done with the marking process and that the capturing of marks is in progress.

Exam rewrite court case disadvantaged the class of 2020

The education body Umalusi was correct in calling for swift and decisive action after two exam paper leaks were discovered. Instead, the decision to rewrite the exams was challenged in court, which is detrimental to school-leavers

‘Decision not to rewrite has caused a crisis,’ says basic education head

The high court has set aside the decision by the department and education quality assurer Umalusi that matrics would have to rewrite two subject leaked just before the matric exams

Teachers applying for jobs must be vetted more strictly

Two women in Mpumalanga taught children for 11 years without the necessary qualifications. They are not the only ones to have slipped through the screening system

Sadtu says Motshekga bowed to pressure from Umalusi to allow rewrite

The teachers union and several learners will appear before the Pretoria high court on Thursday, where they will ask that Motshekga’s decision for a national rewrite of two leaked matric exams be set aside

Learners take Motshekga to court over matric rewrite

This is after the minister announced on Friday that there would be a rewrite of the two subjects that have been leaked to protect the integrity of the exams

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