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Lawyer: You can sue if your child is injured at school

"If your child is injured at school or during extra-curricular school activities due to negligence on the part of the school, you may be able to pursue compensation for your child’s personal injury," says Kirstie Haslam of DSC Attorneys.

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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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The WCED clarifies its stance on the use of electronic media in schools

"The district is currently in conversation with the Film and Publications Board... in terms of additional guidelines for the use of electronic media."

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Pupils left traumatised after school screenings of violent films

"The material shown was not assessed and the children were given the freedom to leave the class if they so desired," Principle Kinkead-Weekes told Parent24.

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Is homework worthwhile?

Does making kids study in what could be their personal time, pay off?

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Coding and Robotics: not for young children!

Willem van der Velden of the Centre for Creative Education shares his compelling reasons for a more careful choice as to when children should be exposed to Coding and Robotics.

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

The 2019 June Examination Grade 12 results are out!

Candidates may apply for a recheck or a remark of their subject results, by 16 August 2019.

High school

Math whizz winner at International Maths Olympiad third year in a row

Adri Wessels is putting South Africa on the map with his amazing aptitude for mathematics.

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'Kids have suffered enough': Read one mom's plea to save kids from heavy school bags

"Imagine the suffering of the kids that don't have transport, especially in the hilly area we live in. I really feel so sorry for them."

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OPINION: A smiling Hendrik Verwoerd is not the answer to the education crisis

“What is the use of teaching the Bantu child mathematics when it cannot use it in practice? That is quite absurd. Education must train people in accordance with their opportunities in life, according to the sphere in which they live.”

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Teacher development is critical to rescuing SA’s education system

"You cannot win the war if you don’t train your army." Mounting research is showing that teachers are the key agents for the change needed to deliver quality education to South Africa’s children.

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When exactly do school subsidies take effect? An expert advises

"In the beginning of every year, we apply. We only receive feedback in July/August. Then the school informs you with a statement that you are still liable for the full monthly school fees since January, after getting a subsidy, and that you only qualify for the last 4/5 months."

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‘Ridiculed in front of my kids’: Readers share that schools still withhold reports

"Parents are being webbed into this devious way of collecting outstanding fees by retaining the learner's report, knowing very well it is emotional blackmail and intimidation."

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Math challenges? A school psychologist could help

When people think about who is involved in supporting math learning, they tend to forget this key player.

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'Learners need to build pathways': A robotics teaching expert shares her approach to teaching kids these subjects

Many people are excited about the new topic added to the school curriculum and many parents feel it will be a waste of time. Both groups can be correct, it all depends if the implementation is done correctly.

High school

Pearson may be scrapping physical textbooks in favour of e-books but SA is ready for the change

"Over half our annual revenues come from digital sales, so we've decided a little bit like in other industries like newspapers or music or in broadcast that it is time to flick the switch in how we primarily make and create our products."

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'Better than nothing at all': Readers respond to the DBE plan to introduce coding from Grade R

“Why destroy the joy in learning by teaching small children, whose major gift is their imagination, with things they are not ready to be interested in?” Readers share their thoughts on the DBE's contentious announcement.

High school

Can free schools in South Africa reduce HIV risk in teen girls?

Free education along with free meals and text books appear important in promoting mental health among teenage girls in South Africa – and, in turn, reducing risky sexual behaviour.

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Grades R to 3 will start coding and robotics classes next year. Is it really a good idea?

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga has announced that the department has identified foundational literacy and mathematical skills as well as "21st-century skills" as top priority areas.

Back to School

'How can I register for matric as an adult?': An expert answers our reader's question

If you never got to finish your matric, and still want to, there are a number of options available to you.

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

Are we teaching children to be afraid of exams?

Mandie Shean, a lecturer at the School of Education at Edith Cowan University, says "exam stress could be making depression and anxiety worse for vulnerable young people."

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Everything President Ramaphosa promised our children in his #SONA2019 speech

Better educational outcomes and every 10-year-old will be able to read for meaning in the next decade: Here’s what President Cyril Ramaphosa said, specifically on education, in his 2019 State of the Nation Address.

School readiness

Here’s what teachers look for when kids start school

Turns out teachers don’t care about a child’s academic skills as much as they do about their behaviour. Here’s what they look for when kids start school.

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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.

High school

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.
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