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Withholding school reports, for any reason, is against the law

The practice of withholding report cards is against the law and schools may not even segregate the way reports are actually distributed.

Teacher Collection

Your choice: Fight and flight or rest and digest?

Our brains and bodies were designed to effectively deal with any dangers that could surprise us.

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Does sex education in childhood harm people into adulthood? A psychologist weighs in on sex ed at schools

We asked father of two, psychoanalyst and founder of Therapy Route ,Enzo Sinisi, this weighty question, and his answer is a resounding no.

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Time is ticking for Panyaza Lesufi to place Gauteng learners

The pressure is on for MEC of Education in Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi.

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MEC 'dumping' unplaced pupils in schools, say Gauteng parents

More than 7000 pupils in Gauteng have still not been placed in schools.

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The CSE lesson plans are factual and necessary, says this parent

"All I could find was rational, well researched and balanced guidelines for sexuality education."

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Preparing learners for jobs that don’t exist

Technology is likely to create 4.5 million new jobs in South Africa by 2030.

Storytime

Meet the 91-year-old retired teacher still changing children's lives

“There is no reason to just sit and do nothing. Everybody has got something to offer, no matter how small or diverse it is.”

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Q&A with Dr Eve: Local sex expert answers our questions about the new CSE lesson plans

Parents around South Africa are up in arms over the news that the Department of Basic Education will be introducing updated scripted lesson plans to the Comprehensive Sexuality Education curriculum.

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14 000 Gauteng students still unplaced for 2020 school year

More than 14 000 pupils in Gauteng have still not been placed in schools.

Teacher Collection

Is rewiring the brain a bad thing?

Our brain is not just a single lump but rather a huge number – possibly 100 billion or so neurons.

School matters

Actually, schools can't tell children to stay at home once exams are done

With assessment deadlines looming, teachers may not see the need for children to attend school as the curriculum has been completed.

Teacher Collection

South Africa must up its game and produce more teachers

South Africa doesn’t graduate the adequate number of teachers to meet the supply and demand.

School matters

'These lesson plans are necessary' says a parent after reading Grade 4 and 5 sex-ed curriculum

One parent expresses how she impressed she is with the lesson plan; she explains that this type of education is what kids need.

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'It's freaking awesome': This mom welcomes the new CSE lesson plans

A mother of two boys shares her personal experience and views on sex ed classes at school.

Primary school

Selecting the right primary school for your child

Making the right choice from the start can help your child get the best building blocks in their education and will also ensure that they are in a healthy, happy space to develop positive attitudes toward school and learning.

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See for yourself: The Comprehensive Sexuality Education curriculum is here

The Sexuality Education in Life Skills Lesson Plans are available to the public.

Primary school

At this year's prize giving, we are all achievers

The challenge lies in making every child who is starting out believe that they matter, they are capable and their achievements are recognized. Find something you can reward them for, surely it can’t be that hard.

School matters

Are schools allowed to charge re-registration fees? An expert says no

It has been alleged that some public schools are charging parents thousands of rands in readmission fees.

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#LeaveOurKidsAlone: Leader of anti sex ed group says they'll bring the country to a standstill

Nearly 100 000 people have taken to a Facebook group, founded by Lauren Evanthia, called #LeaveOurKidsAlone to express their disapproval towards the new CSE lessons plan.

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'CSE does not sexualise children': DBE addresses specific concerns raised on new CSE lessons

The Department reiterates that they consulted extensively with stakeholders on CSE, and that they remain open to further consultation and engagement on the subject.

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Download past matric exam papers for free here

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 practice on.

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Barred from school by high transport cost

Cottonlands parents demand their own high school.

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Want to opt out of sex ed classes? Private or home school are your only options, it seems

If you want to avoid the CSE CAPS curriculum, send your child to private school, or homeschool them yourself, says DBE spokesperson.

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Parents can opt out of new CSE lessons says DBE Minister

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, says parents have the right to opt out of the life orientation curriculum provided that they can produce an alternative curriculum that meets the required CAPS criteria.

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Child barred from writing exams due to outstanding fees? What are your rights?

"At this late stage of the year, when the school has permitted the child to remain at the school to date, the school should not disallow the child to write his or her exams." A legal expert advises on the issue.

Teacher Collection

The 4IR – Run? Hide? Teach?

Via Afrika Group's Knowledge Manager Micheal Goodman-Mareme talks about the hottest topic in education: the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR as it is called) and what it means for you as a teacher.

School matters

School admission nightmare continues to trouble Gauteng parents

"They told me that they don't work with first come first serve, they have their own requirements which they could not explain to me."

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Is the cost of an overseas education really worth it?

“Not all universities bare the same price tag, with some [international] institutions costing only slightly more than what parents are paying currently.”

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

I'm as stressed as my studying teen - Tips for managing exam stress for pupils and their parents

It can be equally distressing for parents and caregivers to see their children going through the stress associated with exams. Here's how you can take the pressure off both yourself and your studying teen.

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

6 tips for getting the most out of a study break

Are you stressed that your studying teen seems to be on a constant break when hitting the books? Stop worrying! Breaks have been proven to boost productivity. Here are a few tricks on how your child can maximise a study break.

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'It's sex, get over it': South Africans respond to leaked 2020 sex education curriculum

We've rounded up some of the country's most popular opinions on both sides of the sex ed debate.

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Are the new Comprehensive Sexuality Education lesson plans really too much?

President of the SA Teacher Union (SAOU) Chris Klopper has called the content "grossly insensitive" and called for a boycott by teachers who object to the new SLPs.

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St Benedict’s Boys take a stand against GBV with Manifesto of Masculinity

As a response the boys and male staff at St Benedict’s School have developed a unique Manifesto on Masculinity to take a stand against gender based violence.

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

Don't calm down! Exam stress may not be fun but it can help you get better marks

Research shows if we believe stress is a helpful response that will increase our performance in a challenging event, it can be a tool that works to our advantage.

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Leaked 2020 life orientation curriculum has educators up in arms over "grossly insensitive" sex education material

SA Teacher Union taking the lead on potential life orientation curriculum boycott.

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These young champions are flying SA's flag high

Netball, chess and pool champs plus a history-making Olympic goal medalist in the making, it's not all bad news SA. Here's a look at the next generation of youngsters inspiring national pride.

Matric past exam papers

UPDATE: What are the NEW matric pass requirements?

If you're in the dark about what the minimum pass requirements for matric are, and what a bachelor's pass is, here's all you need to know.
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