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"Exam cheats will be caught: we're ready"
News clipping - The Mercury - 17th October 2011

Tough sanctions await officials, pupils and even schools where cheating is attempted as this year's matric exams begin today.


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"Matric markers ready to begin"
News clipping - The Mercury - 13 October 2011

Several measures had been put in place to ensure quality would be maintained when matric exam scripts were marked, the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department said yesterday.


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"Stop publishing matric results"
News clipping - iol online - 26 September 2011

Matric results were a "private matter" and publishing them in newspapers put too much pressure on Grade 12 pupils, some of whom committed suicide, says the Young Communist League, which wants the practice to stop.


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Proposal To Change School Policy
News clipping - The Mercury - 19 September 2011

The Basic Education Department intends taking away the power from school governing bodies to hire principals.


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Play by the rules, parents
News clipping - Sunday Tribune - 28 August 2011

I refer to the report headed "Parents up in arms over religious headgear ban" in the Tribune. The principal of Wingen Heights Secondary School in Shallcross acted correctly in reprimanding pupils for wearing the fez (Muslim hat) to school.


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Keep your beliefs out of our schools
News clipping - Sunday Tribune - 28 August 2011

In response to the article in last week's Sunday Tribune headed "Parents up in arms over religious headgear ban", it's about time that the Department of Education laid this matter to rest.


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Ban on fez scrapped
News clipping - Sunday Tribune - 28 August 2011

Muslim pupils from a Shallcross school have won the right to wear religious headgear, writes Mitchell Harper.


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Quintile system to be dumped - New school fees plan next year
News clipping - The Mercury - 28 April 2011

The Government is set to abandon the problematic quintile system that determines the allocation of funding to schools, and by this time next year will replace it with a simpler system based on two categories - fee-paying and non-fee-paying schools.


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Blacklisted teachers can't get PCs
News clipping - The Mercury - 19 April 2011

A new initiative allowing teachers to buy government-subsidised laptops has been delayed because blacklisted teachers have been unable to secure credit.


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School term disrupted
News clipping - Northglen News (Durban) - 19th April 2011

Schools were frustrated to hear that after initially denying them two days' holiday on 28 and 29 April, the Department of Education has now allowed the holidays.


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Pupil, school face off over dreadlocks
News clipping - Mail & Guardian online - 10 March 2011

A 15-year-old Cape Town boy has been suspended from school after refusing to trim his dreadlocks.


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Dagga, knives found at school
News clipping - News 24.com - 10 March 2011

Knives, cigarettes and dagga were some of the items found during a raid at a Pietermaritzburg school on Thursday.


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"No winners" in school head defamation case
News clipping - The Mercury - 9 March 2011

The Constitutional Court has spoken the last word and closed the chapter after five years on the case of three former schoolboys who played a prank on their principal and deputy principal by doctoring a picture to show them as gay bodybuilders.


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Education Department launches Aids strategy
News clipping - The Mercury - 8 March 2011

The all-inclusive approach to the Department of Basic Education's Integrated Strategy on HIV and Aids could go a long way in alleviating the burden of Aids on the education system, stakeholders at a seminar to launch the draft document said yesterday.


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Grammar will be taught differently
News clipping - The Mercury - 7 March 2011

The teaching of grammar is an essential part of the language curriculum and will be reflected in new curriculum documents, says the Department of Basic Education.


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No school policy on Facebook
News clipping - iol online - 7 March 2011

There is no formal policy at schools on the use of Facebook by pupils after it emerged last week that matric pupil Talitha Jonkers, 17, was expelled from Hoer Meisieskool Bloemhof in Stellenbosch, apparently after putting modeling photos of herself on Facebook.


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A Tool for Life
News clipping - West Cape News - M&G online - 4 March 2011

A unique life-orientation resource for the classroom, developed in consultation with teachers and learners, is being piloted in Western Cape schools. It is expected to be completed early this year, with a national rollout to follow.


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Activists welcome HIV tests at school
News clipping - Mail and Guardian online - 14 February 2011

Children's rights experts and activists have welcomed government proposals to offer HIV tests in schools. These tests would not be compulsory and would be offered in the first instance at secondary schools only, the basic education department said in a clarifying statement.


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Back to school for maths teachers
News clipping - The Mercury - 14 February 2011

Maths and science teachers would receive weekend lessons in their subjects to help them teach their pupils better, the KZN Education Summit resolved when it ended in Durban.


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Cops raid Gauteng schools
News clipping - iafrica.com - 10 February 2011

Every pupil in every school in Gauteng will be searched for illegal substances, the province's safety and security MEC said on Thursday.


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Public Protector keeps eye on education
News clipping - News24.com - 9 February 2011

Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula will, along with the basic education department, make an effort to use school sport to reach transformation targets in sport in South Africa.


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UKZN to get lectures in Zulu
News clipping - Sunday Tribune - 6 February 2011

Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula will, along with the basic education department, make an effort to use school sport to reach transformation targets in sport in South Africa.


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New plan for sport in schools
News clipping - Mail & Guardian Online - 3 February 2011

Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula will, along with the basic education department, make an effort to use school sport to reach transformation targets in sport in South Africa.


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Take a virtual field trip via Google
News clipping - Mail & Guardian Online - 3 February 2011

South African schoolteachers and their learners can now take virtual field trips to areas of historical and geographical importance, following the launch of the local Google Street View Teachers' Guide.


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School HIV tests queried
News clipping - iafrica.com - 1 February 2011

Students and teachers organizations are highly concerned about government's planned nationwide HIV testing campaign in schools.


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A matter of principals
News clipping - Mail and Guardian - 10 December 2010

School governing bodies (SGBs) expressed dismay this week that the department of basic education was discussing whether to remove their power to appoint school principals.


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Sadtu explains comment
News clipping - iafrica.com - 2 December 2010

The KwaZulu-Natal branch of the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) reiterated its call on Thursday for "biased marking" in favour of black matrics.


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Free maths e-learning with Nokia
News clipping - News24.com - 23 November 2010

Nokia has developed a mathematics learning tool for schools and has rolled it out on social network Mxit."It's the most interesting project I've been involved in," Nokia mobile learning solutions manager Rita Vanska told News24.


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Free maths e-learning with Nokia
News clipping - News24.com - 23 November 2010

Nokia has developed a mathematics learning tool for schools and has rolled it out on social network Mxit."It's the most interesting project I've been involved in," Nokia mobile learning solutions manager Rita Vanska told News24.


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Suspended pregnant pupil back at school
News clipping - iol online - 5 November 2010

A grade nine pupil from Welkom was back in school after being suspended for being pregnant, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said on Friday.


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Hammer attack teacher awarded R1m
News clipping - Cape Times - 5 November 2010

A Cape Town principal has been found to have been "negligent" by not taking the necessary care to ensure the safety of a teacher before she was bludgeoned with a hammer by one of her Grade 8 pupils.


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Jozi teacher prints porn
News clipping - iafrica.com - 3 November 2010

A Kempton Park primary school teacher was suspended on Tuesday after he was caught printing child pornography on school facilities, the Gauteng Education Department said.


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Nzimande calls for access and equity for all in education
News clipping - The Mercury - 3 November 2010

Artificial bottlenecks in the skills development pipeline need to be removed and equity and access for all achieved, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said yesterday.


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Smooth start for matrics
News clipping - iol online - 25 October 2010

The matric examinations got off to a smooth start on Monday with no serious hiccups reported anywhere in the country, the Basic Education Ministry said. "Around 51 000 learners wrote Information Technology Theory Paper 2 and Computer Applications Technology Theory Paper 2, " it said in a statement.


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No free marks for matrics
News clipping - Eyewitness News - 25 October 2010

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Sunday said her department has done everything in its power to ensure this year's matric exams run smoothly and expected results to remain steady.


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Do or die for Class of 2010
News clipping - News24.com - 24 October 2010

There will be no lowering of standards for this year's matric exams, despite the challenges stacked against matriculants.


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Fake teachers cheated pupils
News clipping - The Mercury - 19 October 2010

School pupils in KwaZulu-Natal, have been taught for several years by people with fake degrees and qualifications. An education expert says the effect of children being taught by under-qualified teachers would be felt for years.


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Publishers relieved at delay of new curriculum
News clipping - Sunday Times - 17 October 2010

The much-anticipated death of Outcomes-Based Education will be delayed for another year, the Department of Basic Education has announced.


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We want you to teach: department
News clipping - Sunday Tribune - 10 October 2010

The national education department is seeking to secure international funding to support local university teacher programmes, particularly those focused on teaching grades 1 to 3. This comes as changes to the foundation phase, grades 1 to 3, are to be implemented next year to improve numeracy and literacy.


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Sadtu no to wage offer
News clipping - Sunday Tribune - 10 October 2010

Teachers' union Sadtu has resolved not to sign the government's wage offer to civil servants, despite warnings this week from alliance leaders that its hard-nosed stance was straining relations.


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KZN pupils urged to put in extra time
News clipping - The Mercury - 5 October 2010

Schools in KwaZulu-Natal reopened for the final term yesterday, with matric pupils being urged to prepare well for the final exams, which start in 19 days.


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Human potential wastage to end
News clipping - The Sunday Tribune - 3 October 2010

At present more than three million youths, aged between 18 and 24, are unemployed and not in an educational institute or receiving skills training, while another three million over 24 are in a similar position.


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Mobile learning set in motion
News clipping - Sunday Tribune - 3 October 2010

Mobile learning, which encourages learning on cell-phones, is getting a practice run at three schools - with a view to roll out the project countrywide.


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Court changes trust fund
News clipping - iafrica.com - 1 October 2010

Money from a multi-million Rand education trust fund for white women only at the University of KwaZulu-Natal was available to all races after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed an appeal on Friday.


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Private schools here to stay - Surty
News24.com - 24 September 2010

Private schools will not be done away with, Deputy Basic Education Minister Enver Surty said at the ANC's national general council (NGC) in Durban.


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Pupils get exam help on Mxit
News24.com - 23 September 2010

A think tank is offering tutoring on a popular mobile phone platform after a nation wide teachers' strike left final year students unprepared for exams.


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No work, no pay - Motshekga
News24.com - 21 September 2010

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is sticking to her guns regarding the principle of "no work, no pay" during the recent educators strike.


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Cosas urges teachers to volunteer
News24.com - 21 September 2010

The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) urged teachers to give voluntary lessons during the school holidays.


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Cosas to continue with talks
News clipping - News24.com - 20 September 2010

Talks between the Department of Education and Congress of South African Students (Cosas) on whether to postpone writing matric preliminary examinations continued on Monday afternoon, the student body said.


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Gauteng teachers may not derail exams - Judge
News clipping - iol online - 19 September 2010

The Johannesburg Labour Court on Sunday ruled that any disruption of the matric preliminary exams was prohibited in Gauteng, the Provincial Education Department said. It further prohibited teachers from protesting without giving a seven-day notice period, spokesperson Charles Phalane said.


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Shaving row school "in the right"
News clipping - iol-online - 17 September 2010

A children's rights activist has come to the defense of a Cape Town school under fire for insisting a pupil trim his budding moustache and side burns.


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KZN matric trial exams progress well
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 14 September 2010

The Provincial Education Department has described the first day of matric trials yesterday as successful. Department spokeswoman Mbali Thusi said: "The exams went well. We checked with police and our major education districts and there were no reports of disruptions," she added.


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Braidy bunch in trouble
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 14 September 2010

In a bold move to enforce discipline, a Durban school barred 15 Grade 12 pupils from writing a preparatory exam after they broke its code of conduct when they showed up with fancy hairdos and braids.


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Whites-only fund ruling disputed
Newspaper clipping - news24.com - 23 August 2010

Bloemfontein - A high court ruling, which made an educational fund for poor white girls available to girls from all races, was disputed in the Supreme Court of Appeal on Monday.


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Chalk down, parents step in
Newspaper clipping - The Star - 18 August 2010

Schoolchildren are being urged to go to classes as parents mobilize retired teachers and university students to fill the gap during a nationwide public servants strike.


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"SA's matric "robust" - Umalusi"
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 11 August 2010

South Africa's matric is "exactly where it should be", according to research comparing it to foreign qualifications, education monitoring body Umalusi said on Wednesday.


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"Stofile urges schools to get kids moving"
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 11 August 2010

"We must also work hard to develop proper strategies to get physical education back into the curriculum of our schools"


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"Education equals economy"
Newspaper clipping - iafrica.com news - 4 August 2010

Education will solve poverty, unemployment and growing inequalities in South Africa, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday.


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""Racist school" probed"
Newspaper clipping - iafrica.com news - 29th July 2010

The North West Education Department on Wednesday said officials will be sent to a Klerksdorp high school following allegations of racism.


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"R68m laptop project lift classroom experience"
Newspaper clipping - The Daily News - 28th July 2010

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education wants to transform text-book oriented classrooms to electronic format instruction to boost teaching and learning in the province.


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"Mixed feelings as OBE is set to bite dust"
Newspaper clipping - The Cape Argus - 20 July 2010

Curriculum changes announced by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga are to be phased in over the next few years. While the minister did not mention the words Outcomes Based Education (OBE) in her statement, many say OBE is dead.


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"Invest in our children, says Zuma"
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 11 July 2010

President Jacob Zuma read fellow leaders a lesson before heading out with them to Sunday's World Cup final.


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"Teachers have key role in reform - Motshekga"
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 8 July 2010

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday urged teachers to provide input on the revised curriculum. "We will really appreciate your input in the revised curriculum because you know where the problems are, " she said during a workshop for maths and science teachers at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


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"Radical school changes welcomed"
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 7 July 2010

Pupils and teachers will have their workloads reduced when the new school year starts next year, thanks to a new school curriculum announced yesterday.


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"Code of conduct to crack down on bullying"
Newspaper clipping - The Daily News - 6 July 2010

Bullying in South African schools has prompted the national Basic Education Department to draw up a code of conduct that would be compulsory for pupils to sign to show their commitment to school rules.


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"Green light for exams, says Grant"
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 4 July 2010

The Western Cape is ready for the matric exams, Education MEC Donald Grant said on Sunday.


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"Massive World Cup education spin-off"
Newspaper clipping - The Cape Times - 7 June 2010

Just five days before kick-off, President Jacob Zuma and Fifa President Sepp Blatter assured the country that the first World Cup on African soil would leave a legacy of hope and serve as an impetus for a campaign to broaden access to education.


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Pregnant pupil returns to school
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 26 May 2010

The Education Department is considering taking disciplinary action against a Chesterville secondary school principal who apparently implemented a policy that barred pregnant pupils from attending classes.


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Parents try to bar pregnant pupil
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 24 May 2010

A group of Durban parents is determined to bar a pregnant girl from returning to school today, saying she will bring the school into disrepute.


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Creecy offers lifeline for struggling matrics
Newspaper clipping - iol on-line - 17 May 2010

Grade 12 students at under-performing high schools will qualify for free extra lessons throughout their mid-year break, the Gauteng Education Department announced on Monday.


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New policy to focus on sport in school
Newspaper clipping - The Cape Argus - 10 May 2010

A policy aimed at encouraging schools and pupils to participate in sport has been drafted by the Department of Basic Education.


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PRESSURE ON PARENTS TO ENSURE ATTENDANCE
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 6 May 2010

Pupils who are absent for 10 consecutive days without a valid reason will be deregistered from school - a move designed to reassert the responsibility of parents to ensure that their children attend school regularly.


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Why teachers must lead the way
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 26 April 2010

The education indaba called by the National Teachers Union (Natu) on April 14 is one of the most significant events in education in recent times.


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KZN earmarks funds for new classrooms
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 21 April 2010

More than R2-billion has been set aside for the building of classrooms, Education MEC John Mchunu announced on Wednesday.


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Constitution to be a school subject?
Newspaper clipping - The Pretoria News - 20 April 2010

A subject on relevant aspects of the constitution and its values offered at school should be more valuable and is likely to be more attractive than woodwork.


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Poverty did not stop me
Newspaper clipping - The Cape Argus - 19 April 2010

A man who started Grade 6 at the age of 24, hoping to escape a life of poverty, has exceeded his own expectations and graduated with a diploma in building.


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Joburg's abandoned schools
Newspaper clipping - The Star - 12 April 2010

This year 14 primary schools in Soweto may close as the numbers of pupils dwindle.


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Literacy drive sees exams for younger pupils
Newspaper clipping - iol-online - 4 April 2010

All pupils in grades 3,6 and 9 will write national examinations in key subjects for 2010 in a bid to improve literacy and numeracy skills, the Sunday Times reported.


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Here comes the judge with an unenviable task
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 1 April 2010

Did the Supreme Court of Appeal get it right when it found a trio of high school boys had defamed senior staff at their school?


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Joburg Principal Summoned
Newspaper clipping - iafrica.com - 18 March 2010

Parktown Boys High School's headmaster and deputy headmaster face disciplinary action for their role in a controversial initiation ceremony.


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Language ruling hailed as a victory
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 17 March 2010

The national government had neglected its duty to regulate and monitor the use of official languages by means of legislative and other measures in terms of the constitution, the Pretoria High Court found yesterday.


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Grade 4s get help making switch to English
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 17 March 2010

Teachers in Umlazi have welcomed a private initiative to give Grade 4 pupils extra lessons in numeracy, literacy and life skills, with the aim of helping them make a smooth transition from being taught in their home languages to being taught in English.


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Moves to curb school violence
Newspaper clipping - The Daily News - 16 March 2010

Identity cards for pupils, patrols by parents and random searches have been proposed for a troubled Durban school rocked by a stabbing and concerns of drug peddling.


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KZN sets matric pass target
Newspaper clipping - iol on line - 24 February 2010

The KwaZulu-Natal government has set itself an ambitious target of 80 percent matric pass rate by 2014. "While it will be expected that the matric pass rate should substantially increase in 2010, ideally KwaZulu-Natal must reach 80 percent by 2014, " said Premier Zweli Mkhize.


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Age Limit for Schools ?
Newspaper clipping - The Daily News - 24 February 2010

Pupils as old as 17 and 21 are currently in Grade 8 and 10 classrooms among children where the average ages are 13 and 16 respectively.


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We're not budging on Afrikaans: Nzimande
Newspaper clipping - The Cape Times - 19 February 2010

The government had no desire to do away with Afrikaans as a language of teaching and learning, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said.


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Schools targeted in new drug drive"
Newspaper clipping - The Cape Argus - 3 February 2010

The Western Cape provincial government is to launch a five-year plan to tackle the growing drug problem, particularly at schools.


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Teachers "should lead by example"
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 20 January 2010

Last year, the Kwazulu-Natal Education Department's matric intervention plan focused on the provision of learning material to schools.
However, for this year, the plan launched on Wednesday exerts extra pressure on school principals and education district managers to ensure good performance by their pupils.


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Union welcomes laptops for teachers
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 6 December 2009

An initiative, which will allow teachers to purchase subsidized laptops will help raise standards of education in the country, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) said on Sunday.


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Matric 2009 a success, says department
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 4 December 2009

The chief director of the Education Department, Nkosinathi Sishi, said on Friday that the leaking of five matric papers in Mpumulanga had been the only proven hiccup marring the national senior certificate examination in 2009.


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Non-custodians liable for school fees
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 4 December 2009

A non-custodian parent can be held responsible for a child's school fees even if he is unwilling but has the means to pay, the Supreme Court of Appeal held on Thursday.


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Education MEC liable for boy's brain injuries
Newspaper clipping - The Cape Argus - 1 December 2009

The Western Cape Education MEC has been found liable for serious brain injuries that an eight-year-old boy sustained five years ago when he fell from the top bed of a double-bunk during a school excursion to a youth camp outside Wellington.


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OSD pay for teachers before Christmas
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 25 November 2009

Teachers would get their occupation specific dispensation (OSD) in full before Christmas, union Sadtu said on Wednesday. "Patience, consistency and collective leadership in Sadtu (has) finally paid off.After months of waiting, teachers will finally receive their OSD, not partially, but in full," the South African Democratic Teachers Union said in a statement. The initial proposal for payment was April 1, 2010.


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Survey highlights literacy levels in SA
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 24 November 2009

Education levels among South African adults have significantly increased in the past 10 years, the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said on Tuesday. "Between 1997 and 2007 the number of adults who had completed Grade Eight increased from 14 093 000 to 19 026 000," it said in a statement.


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""Ideal outcome" to bullying incident"
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 5 November 2009

The mother of a Grade 8 Glenwood High pupil who was "bullied" by a group of four Grade 9s is relieved after the Durban school decided to discipline the culprits through counseling and community service following a disciplinary hearing last week.


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Education gets makeover from Motshekga
Newspaper clipping - The Star - 30 October 2009

From next year, pupils across the country will do fewer projects and teachers' workloads will be reduced. This will be the effect of some of the changes to the National Education Curriculum that were announced yesterday by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.


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Unfair language policy: Department blasted
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 14 October 2009

The Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that the Mpumulanga education department acted unlawfully when it forced a school to change its language policy.


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Unions commended for wage agreement
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 9 September 2009

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Wednesday lauded labour unions for signing the 2009/2010 wage agreement.


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THREAT SEEN TO MODEL C FUNDING Concern over plans for school funding
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 24 August 2009

Radical changes to the current school funding model, to include the capping of school fees and giving all schools powers to mange their finances, could be on the cards as early as next year.


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Concourt to hear school language case
Newspaper clipping - iol on line - 19 August 2009

The Mpumalanga Education Department will apply to the Constitutional Court on Thursday for leave to appeal against a ruling that Hoerskool Ermelo could return to its single-medium Afrikaans status.


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Deaf pupil withdraws sign language petition
Newspaper clipping - iol on line - 19 August 2009

A deaf KwaZulu-Natal matric pupil has withdrawn his court bid to force the Education Department to allow him to use sign language in his exams, the Pietermaritzburg High Court heard on Wednesday.


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NO UNFAIR DISCRIMINATION
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 18 August 2009

Schools may be forced to offer all of the 11 official languages in the country and principals will be in charge of finances for school governing bodies.


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School wins principal battle
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 7 August 2009

The Marquard High School's governing body will get the principal they want after a Free State court found in its favour against the provincial education department, the Federation of Governing Bodies of SA Schools (Fedsas) said on Friday.


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Billions budgeted for teachers' skills
Newspaper clipping - The Pretoria News - 4 August 2009

The Gauteng Education Department is to spend 73 percent of its R18,9-billion budget on staff this financial year.


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Sadtu welcomes OSD offer
Newspaper clipping - iol on line - 13 July 2009

The SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday said it was happy with the government's latest occupation specific dispensation (OSD) offer.


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Wheeling and greening!
Newspaper clipping - The Star - 6 July 2009

Ithembelihle Lsen School, a primary school for disabled children, has found a novel way of creating a garden that will enable its pupils to work on it themselves.


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School bodies slate Nzimande
Newspaper clipping - The Daily News - 3 July 2009

Hard-working pupils who buckle under pressure could be given a second chance or this could open the flood-gates for mediocrity in education


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Education agreement on OSD not signed
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 1 July 2009

The education sector was among those where no agreement had been reached between the government and labour on the occupation specific dispensation, the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) said on Wednesday.


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One teacher, one laptop
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 9 June 2009

Government plans to make sure that by 2012 every teacher ahs access to a laptop computer and the Internet, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.


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Pupil goes to court to fight matric battle
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 12 June 2009

A deaf matric pupil at Westville Boys High is taking on South Africa's education authorities in a court battle which he hopes will enable him, and other hearing impaired people, to take sign language as an official matric subject.


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School takes its bullying seriously
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 12 June 2009

The Pinetown Boys High School management and governing body say they have never neglected to deal with allegations of bullying at the school and have procedures to deal with the issue.


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No charges yet for Durban Teachers
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 12 June 2009

Five teachers from Makhumbuza High School will have to wait until next week to find out if sexual misconduct charges will be laid against them.


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School wins right to pick its principal
Newspaper clipping - The Sunday Times - 14 June 2009

The parents of a Northern Cape school have scored a significant victory against the provincial education department over the appointment of a principal for the 37-year old school.


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Back to basics for SA schools
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 5 June 2009

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Friday vowed to cut the "frills" out of outcomes based education (OBE) and get back to teaching the basics in public schools.


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Drug tests see schools call for help
Newspaper clipping - Cape Argus - 5 June 2009

Random drug testing has started in local schools with a number contacting the Safe Schools call centre to ask for help with referring pupils for rehabilitation and counseling.


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Teacher unions welcome Zuma's comments
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 3 June 2009

Teachers' unions on Wednesday welcomed President Jacob Zuma's comments on education in his state of the nation address to Parliament.


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When will teachers see salary hike?
Newspaper clipping - The Pretoria News - 28 May 2009

Just over one year ago media headlines declared that finally teachers would be paid a decent salary.


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Our failing schools
Newspaper clipping - The Daily News - 18 May 2009

Teachers are spending less time in the classrooms and instead are confused and swamped by paperwork and administration, a ministerial panel has found.


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Nzimande, Motshekga going back to basics
Newspaper clipping - The Star - 12 May 2009

The contentious outcomes-based education policy could be reviewed, government student loans could be turned into a full bursary scheme and the autonomy of universities could be under threat if they resist transformation.


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Education ministry split "would be logical
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 5 May 2009

Splitting the Education Department into two entities - which would be responsible for schools and tertiary education, respectively - would be logical provided the right people headed the two ministries.


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Long school holiday during World Cup
Newspaper clipping - The Saturday Star - 18 April 2009

South African schools will enjoy an extended holiday break during the Fifa 2010 World Cup, after the Department of Education confirmed that the school calendar had been approved and gazetted.


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Teachers to get allowance for laptops
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 14 April 2009

Teachers in state schools are to be ushered into the digital age as the national education department rolls out its plan to provide permanently employed public school teachers with an opportunity to acquire laptop computers.


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Presidency Nets kids by joining fun with fact
Newspaper clipping - The Pretoria News - 24 March 2009

A colourful animated and user-friendly website was launched at the Union Buildings on Monday, with the aim of teaching children about the Presidency and the government of South Africa.


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Ministry of schools on the cards
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 6 March 2009

Plans to split the Education Department into two - one focusing on schooling, the other on higher education - are at an advanced stage, African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe has said.


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Education system to be "fully" transformed"
Newspaper clipping - iol on line - 26 February 2009

Bloemfontein - The African National Congress seeks to transform the education system "fully" within the next five years, ANC President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.


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Weapons searches at schools "cut violence"
Newspaper clipping - The Cape Argus - 24 February 2009

Cape Town principals say that random searches for weapons are helping to reduce serious incidents of violence at their schools.Police have indicated they will be following a tough approach to dangerous weapons and drugs in schools.


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Matric exams were up to standard - experts
Newspaper clipping - iol website - 09 February 2009

The 2008 senior certificate maths examination papers were up to standard, the national department of education said on Monday."A panel of maths experts has found that maths papers in the 2008 national senior certificate exam were up to standard," read a statement.


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The Quality Learning and Teaching Campaign
Newspaper clipping - ELRC website

The campaign was launched at Ikusasa Combined School in Tembisa on 9 October 2008. The launch date coincided with the October focus on teachers, which is traditionally signaled by the celebration of World Teachers Day on 5 October each year. The 2008 theme was, appropriately, "Teachers Matter!" The launch focused on the critical role of all stakeholders, particularly teachers and officials, in the quality interventions required for effective learning and teaching to take place.


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Interim plans ensure smooth school return
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 19 January 2009

By Gugu Mbonambi Despite numerous challenges the department of education has announced it is confident that teaching will begin on the first day of the school calendar, Wednesday, in all KwaZulu-Natal's government schools...


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Rows flare over Cape teacher appointments
Newspaper clipping - The Cape Argus - 15 January 2009

By Ilse Fredericks and Fouzia van der Fort An increasing number of schools are complaining about the interventionist role that the provincial education department is playing over teacher appointments, with at least two disputes currently at the High Court...


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MAJOR REVIEW OF SYSTEM ON THE CARDS OBE to stay, but with changes
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 26 November 2008

By ANGELIQUE SERRAO JOHANNESBURG OUTCOMES-BASED education (OBE) is here to stay, although changes to the education system can be expected.


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Mother tongue as first language
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 19 November 2008

By LATOYA NEWMAN Public schools offering indigenous languages to mother tongue speakers could soon be forced to do so at first-language level.


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OBE may be dropped in schools
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 14 November 2008

By ANGELIQUE SERRAO Public schools offering indigenous languages to mother tongue speakers could soon be forced to do so at first-language level.


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Son injured, father claims R270 000
Newspaper clipping - The Pretoria News - 11 November 2008

By Zelda Venter The father of a former Hoerskool Menlopark pupil has claimed more than R270 000 in damages from the school and its governing body after his son was involved in an accident whilst travelling to a school choir camp in 2002.


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Ex-headmaster's court battle continues
Newspaper clipping - The Cape Argus - 31 October 2008

By Fatima Schroeder The former headmaster of Riebeeckstrand Intermediate School in Melkbosstrand, who was accused of financial irregularities and of sexually harassing a teacher, has lost a Cape High Court challenge against his dismissal on technical grounds.


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Court rules school right to expel boy
Newspaper clipping - The Cape Times - 14 October 2008

By Karen Breytenbach A Fairbairn College pupil who was found guilty of smoking and selling dagga at school and in uniform at a nearby park has failed to have his expulsion overturned in the Cape High Court.


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Random drug testing for KZN schools next year
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 10 October 2008

By Sibusiso Mboto About 100 schools in KwaZulu-Natal will be armed with a new device that will allow the random testing of urine samples for drug use on pupils by early next year.


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School's pledge to start from 2009
Newspaper clipping - The Daily News - 3 October 2008

By Irene Kuppan The final version of the school pledge will "most definitely" be recited in South African schools by the start of the next school year.


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School language policy was unfair
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 1 October 2008

WENDY JASSON DA COSTA The Equality Court has found that Durban High School's former language policy had discriminated against pupils whose first language was Zulu.


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Teachers to consider dress code
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 1 October 2008

PRETORIA: The dress code of about 45 000 teachers could soon be under review to ensure that they looked professional, the SA Council for Educators said yesterday.


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Safe Schools Summit hopes to find solutions
Newspaper clipping – The Mercury – 29 September 2008

A fresh approach to violence at KwaZulu-Natal schools is set to be adopted next month when the Safe Schools Summit is launched in Durban by the Education Department.


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Safe Schools success boosts pupil pride
Newspaper clipping - The Cape Argus - 10 September 2008
Mount View High School in Hanover Park is being hailed as proof that the Safe Schools Project can turn around "problem" schools, with special measures there boosting not only pupil pride, but also changing behaviour among the teenagers.
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Gran gets new lease on life
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 9 September 2008
An Ulundi mother of eight and grandmother of 35 graduated from a basic adult literacy course yesterday at the age of 86 "Although it's extremely late in my life, I'm happy that I have an education. I thought I was going to die illiterate," said Pauline Zulu.
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Oral history education applauded
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 4 September 2008
A leading American academic on Wednesday credited South Africa's further education and training curriculum for being "far ahead of any other in the world" for its inclusion of all people.
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"Bring data, evidence into education process"
Newspaper clipping - iol on line - 29 August 2008
It is time to bring data and evidence into South Africa's education production process, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said on Friday. "For too long, we have relied on faith, good fortune or flagellation for the education of our young," he said in his acceptance speech as Chancellor of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
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MEC opens first solar-powered school computer
Newspaper clipping - The Cape Times - 11 August 2008
The first solar-powered computer lab in the Western Cape has been opened.
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Indigenous books to nurture reading skills
Newspaper clipping - The Pretoria News - 11 August 2008
About 2,3-million school books written in indigenous languages will be printed and distributed to schools around the country in 2009, Education Minister Naledi Pandor has said.
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More pupils to write matric exams
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 5 August 2008
Matric exams will be of a higher standard this year than in previous years.
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Grade nine certificate on the cards
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 5 August 2008
From next year every grade nine pupil will write a national certificate whether they leave school or not.
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Graduate shows you are never too old to learn
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 30 July 2008
As a young girl growing up in Msinga, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Mncane Radebe spent her days doing traditional Zulu dances with her friends because there were no schools in her community.
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Pupil banned for bangle wins case
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 30 July 2008
PLONDON: A British Sikh teenager won a high court discrimination case yesterday, against a school that banned her from classes after she refused to remove a religious bangle.
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Mother's tongue lashes top school
Newspaper clipping - The Sunday Tribune - 27 July 2008
Parents who sent their children to former Model C schools did so not because they wanted their children to be fluent in the "Queen's language" at the expense of their own but because the quality of education at African schools still remained poor.
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School exchange project applauded
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 23 July 2008
Teachers at Earlington Secondary School in Phoenix, Durban, were given a pat on the back for a job well done in maintaining a relationship with a sister school in the United Kingdom.
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Teachers to get strike pay, promises MEC
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 23 July 2008
The KwaZulu-Natal education department has promised that teachers who worked during last year's strike recovery plan will receive their overtime pay this month.
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No marks for smutty dress - Department of Education investigates dress code for teachers
Newspaper clipping - The Northglen News - 25 July 2008
Teachers may get black marks for wearing revealing outfits to school if a dress code is introduced. more...


KZN academic has the write stuff
Newspaper clipping - The Mercury - 2 July 2008
A KwaZulu-Natal academic is on the verge of releasing a computerized handwriting recognition invention to the world.
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SMS system helps schools, parents
Newspaper clipping - iol on line - 30 June 2008
Recent studies have painted a grim picture of South African schools. Many kids are involved in gangs or abuse alcohol and drugs and engage in unprotected sex. Truancy levels are high. And often, parents don't know what their teenagers get up to at school. more...


Schools set for random drug-testing
Newspaper clipping - The Cape Argus - 19 June 2008
Schools are a step closer to implementing controversial random drug testing...
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Fast track for the Africa Resource Centre
Newspaper clipping - The Daily News - 19 June 2008
Plans to establish an Africa Resource Centre of Excellence for youth in Durban, it will be a world first, are to be fast-tracked, the city's deputy mayor, Logie Naidoo, has said....
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Teachers going under the spotlight
Newspaper clipping - The Pretoria News - 16 May 2008
Education Minister Naledi Pandor will soon table draft legislation in parliament paving the way for the establishment of an inspectorate to evaluate the performance of teachers...
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Sadtu: education budget 'simplistic'
Newspaper clipping - iol online - 16 May 2008
The education minister's budget was called "simplistic" by the SA Democratic teachers union (Sadtu) on Friday, following the budget speech in Parliament on Thursday.

"Sadtu wishes to express its concern at the simplistic nature of the education minister's budget speech to parliament", said Thulias Nxesi, General Secretary to the union...
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Teacher colleges might return
Newspaper clipping - iol on line - 23 April 2008
The education department is considering re-opening teacher-training colleges, says Education Minister Naledi Pandor.

In a written reply to a question by Desiree van der Walt of the Democratic Alliance, Pandor said the department was investigating options for expanding the provision of teacher education...
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Dates out for 2010 school holidays
The Mercury Wed, 16 April 2008
CAPE TOWN: The national education department has proposed a five-week mid-year school holiday from June 9 to July 13 2010 to accommodate the Fifa World Cup.

Other breaks will be shortened and, for the first time, synchronized for all provinces:...

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