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Education in South Africa: hits and misses since the very first SONA

We take a look at education and how it's changed since the first SONA delivered by President Nelson Mandela in 1994.

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5 things South Africa must get right for tech in schools to work

The renewed focus on introducing technology to schools should be celebrated but it also requires a review of South Africa’s existing technology in education policies and a sustainable plan writes UWC lecturer, Mmaki Jantjies.

Back to School

School enrolment dates for 2020: Province by province

If your child is going to Grade R (primary school) or Grade 8 (high school) next year, check this page for details on how and when to send your school application, province by province.

High school

School dress codes in 2019: Are uniform rules taken a little too far?

Our schooling years set the foundation for discipline and some of that includes fostering pride in appearance, but should school uniform rules be so restrictive?

School readiness

Education in the foundation phase is crucial, but 63% of children do not attend preschool in SA

The Department of Basic Education recently proposed a no repeat policy for Grade R to 3, but with so many children having not mastered the basics early on, their decision may well have dire consequences on education in SA.

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The Department of Education’s proposed no repeat policy for grade R to 3 will do more harm than good to the state of education in SA

“If you think about a wall... if it is missing certain bricks in the foundation... ultimately, that wall will fall down.” – Creative parenting expert, Nikki Bush.

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Download past matric exam papers for free here

The May/June exams are in full swing! Here's a list of all the matric subject pages where you can find past NSC matric exam papers dating from 2008, as well as IEB past papers, to download for free and practise on.

Learning difficulties

8 out of 10 Grade 4 learners cannot read for meaning and this NPO is trying to help

“Books in the mother tongue are essential, especially for the early stage development of children’s reading ability.”

Primary school

WATCH: Can you spell horripilation? These kids can – their parents, not so much

Children at this year's US National Spelling Bee were asked to spell words like horripilation and parochialism.

Tertiary education

How South Africa’s universities are making more students multilingual

Universities are becoming increasingly aware that they have an important role to play in equipping students to be linguistically competent to work in sectors of society where the majority of people who access services can’t speak English.

Primary school

From Peru to South Africa: ballet classes are changing lives

After school activities aren't a reality for many South African learners who are often held back by steep costs.

Learning difficulties

How to help your child overcome their fear of maths

Maths anxiety is real! But if the subject is taught properly, and learners develop a "growth mindset", it can result in a more positive learning experience.

Matric past exam papers

The 2019 NSC October/November exam timetable is out!

The dates and times South African matrics will write their final exams in 2019.

Matric past exam papers

PRINTABLE: The 2019 IEB matric exam timetable

Download the schedule for the 2019 Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matric exams here.

Learning difficulties

Why so many South African children struggle to read and write

"We cannot try and fix their learning challenges at matric or tertiary level, but at an early age." Early childhood development specialists talk with Move! Magazine's Bulelwa Mokori on just how crucial the foundation phase is in a child's education.

Primary school

South Africa’s main parties all have plans for education. What’s missing?

Are South Africa’s biggest political parties offering anything new to inject much-needed life into the ailing education system? We take a look at how the ANC, DA and EFF have promised to make a difference in the lives of SA's children.

Tertiary education

Matrics, here are the admission dates and open days for SA's varsities

If you have your eye set on studying next year, it's best to apply as early as possible. Here are the application closing dates, plus some open days to pencil in.

High school

Hello MolCraft: Learning about molecules has never been this much fun

An educational version of the popular online game Minecraft is now available, and according to this professor of Science Communication and Chemistry, it's the perfect tool for teaching complex subjects like biochemistry.

School-exams: Practice papers, study guides and exam advice

WATCH: Introducing the first aid kit... for your mind

We have first aid kits for our physical health, but what about our mental health?

Primary school

WATCH: Genius maths hacks: Adding fractions with the butterfly method

We all know how to add fractions the standard way. But have you heard of the butterfly method?

High school

How Obakeng Leseyane went from not knowing a word of English at 10 to becoming an entrepreneur and giving Ted-X talks at 21

At just 21 years old he’s already started education-based initiatives that have raised over R600 000 in three years and writes and speaks on international platforms with global shapers and change-makers. Here's his story.

High school

Were you affected? Outrage over school closures due to violent service delivery protests

"I have really had it with people destroying the chances of others." Debbie Schäfer tweeted her frustrations over last week's service delivery protests. Did the school closures affect your family?

Learning difficulties

Is your child struggling in an English-medium school? It may not be the language barrier

These factors have an impact on English language proficiency in South Africa, and why they're so important in identifying learning disorders.

Learning difficulties

The costs of learning difficulties: How to budget if your child needs help

From ADHD to dyslexia and speech delay, here’s what you need to know about the importance of getting the right diagnosis and treatment for your child.

High school

Teaching your child 'academic buoyancy' will help them deal with school-based challenges

Psychologists have highlighted resilience as key to navigating life at all levels, and by equipping your child with the skills to deal with school-based challenges, parents are also preparing them for adulthood.

Tertiary education

7 tips to stay safe while studying abroad

Regardless of the destination, students should exercise caution as they travel and study. Here are seven useful tips to make sure time spent abroad is happy, productive and safe.

School-exams: Practice papers, study guides and exam advice

PRINTABLE: The 2019 June NSC and SC exam calendar

Here are the dates and times matrics of 2018 and South African adults will be sitting for the brand new June NSC and SC examinations.

Primary school

WATCH: Genius maths hacks: Multiplying teen numbers

From 11x11 right up to 19x19, here’s an easy hack to tackle and times teen numbers.

High school

"This is Africa's time": Kenyan teacher wins $1m at international teaching competition

The Varkey Foundation's annually held Global Teacher Prize has awarded Kenyan teacher, Peter Tabichi, a one million dollar prize, and it couldn't be more deserving.

High school

Here's how you can help your kids see schooling as a small part of a much bigger picture

If we only focus on school as curriculum mastery and we do not stand back and point out the life journey to our kids, they will likely never realise this for themselves.

Learning difficulties

Did your child get bad first term marks? Here’s how you can help them improve during the holidays

As adults, we often focus on the cynical and even joke about it. But the truth is, being positive is difficult and takes work, but in the long term it’s worth more than cynicism.

Tertiary education

Studying in the States: A step-by-step guide

From the inside scoop on what universities are looking for down to the application process itself, here's everything you need to know before you book your one-way ticket to study in the States.

Primary school

The "life-changing" math hack for percentages they probably didn’t teach you in school

If your little ones are struggling to work out their percentages and it makes more sense to switch the two numbers around, do it! Turns out the answer is the same both ways.

Primary school

AI in schools? Here’s what we need to consider

AI's already filtered through most of what we do. Just ask Siri. But soon enough, it'll also play a vital role in your child's education. Will it replace teachers in the classroom? Probably not. But it's important for us to understand its potential as well as its limitations.

Primary school

Study reveals one of kids’ top dream jobs is to be a YouTube influencer

A survey about what children want to be when they grow up has revealed the changing landscape of the working world!

Primary school

WATCH: Genius maths hacks: The 9 times table

If you've got your tables memorised, you can probably read off your 9-times tables like nobody's business. But we've put together these genius math hacks that make it easier to tackle even the bigger numbers.
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