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High school

Schools must equip learners to use credible websites as resources

Learners must be vigilant and aware of the agendas of their sources, especially when doing history research, and not fall for fake SA news sites that incite fear and hatred. And when it comes to international history, we must teach them to look out for some US alt-right "news" sites which have very specific beliefs, including white supremacy and holocaust denialism.

Tertiary education

South Africa's unemployed youth face a new threat: technology

With emerging technology, semi-skilled youth face a threat as jobs are becoming more technologically charged. What can be done to make sure that our youth are competing on a global level?

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YOU Classroom: school projects sorted!

YOU magazine's excellent educational content is available online, making homework an easy, fun exercise for parents and kids. Here you can buy, at a minimum price, expert articles on curriculum-based topics for school projects (or simply if you’re curious about a particular subject). The shop is easy to use and is totally safe – start searching and downloading now!

Primary school

4 local apps making school admin, transport and finance easier for parents and teachers

Yes, that shiver down your spine at the sound of the words "school", "admin", "transport" and "finance" in the same sentence is normal, but these apps just made it a whole lot simpler.

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

Are you stressing about the exams more than your kid is?

Mom, dad, do you stress about exams more than your children do? Take these tips to calm down and help your kids during this challenging time.

Learning difficulties

Can ADHD or autism be a gift? Yes! It's in the way we look at it

Can ADHD be a gift? What about austism? Well, maybe. It's all in the way you look at it.

Learning difficulties

Study memes part 2: Brace yourselves – winter is here!

We're already well into both school and university exams. So we thought we'd cheer you up with a few memes because we know just how stressful exam time can be.

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

Want to study like SA's top students? Here's their advice

Four winners from the prestigious Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards reveal their formula to achieving some of the top scores in the world.

Learn

School exams: study guides, practice papers and great advice. You're welcome!

Whether your Grade 4 is writing exams for the first time, or your matric is gearing up for the big finals, exam-time can put lots of strain on the family. We've rounded up great study resources and tips to help your child through the next two weeks, intact.

Matric past exam papers

Download past matric exam papers here: updated to include Nov 2017

Here's a list of all the matric subject pages, where you can find old NSC matric exam papers dating from 2008.

High school

4 questions to help your Grade 9 choose matric subjects

Deciding on what subjects will best help them achieve their future goals might be too heavy an approach for your teen. Instead here are four easy questions to get them thinking about their future without freaking them out.

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

Grade 11: Physical Sciences practice papers

Download the common papers to help your Grade 11 child with their upcoming Physics exams.

High school

"Great to know where you come from but no idea where you're going" – readers respond to replacing Life Orientation with History

We recently published an article about the Department of Basic Education's decision to scrap Life Orientation and make History compulsory from grade 10-12. Our readers felt, however, that making History compulsory is not viable considering our standard of education, and teens truly need the skills taught in Life Orientation.

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

The importance of high school mid-year exams

No matter what grade your child is in, mid-year exams are very important and can help them practise and evaluate subjects they need to improve on.

Learning difficulties

“A life with Down syndrome can be as full and exciting as any other”

Actor John Franklin Stephens spoke to the United Nations, advocating for people with Down syndrome, and had everyone in the room smiling, laughing and – speaking from our own experience – probably welling up.

Primary school

How involved are you now that your kids are in primary school?

Gone are the days we carried our preschoolers into the school yard on our hips. When our kids gain independence, we have to make more of an effort, in different ways, to stay connected to their schools and their school work.

High school

"Phindi wants to be a nurse, but failed Maths Lit because the system failed her again"

A reader writes in to tell us about the apparent "incompetence" in the education system which she explains is "forcing the marginalised to stay in poverty" and preventing them from reaching their full potential.

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

Grade 10: Physical Sciences practice papers and study guides

Download a study guide and the common papers to help your Grade 10 child with their upcoming Physics exams.

High school

We can't make History compulsory in school without trained teachers to teach it

Teacher training in South Africa is under enormous pressure. And if we're going to make History a compulsory subject, that pressure will only get worse. So is the country really in a position to produce adequate numbers of good History teachers by 2023? Probably not. Linda Chisholm from the University of Johannesburg explains.

Matric past exam papers

NSC past exam papers: Xitsonga Second Additional Language (SAL)

Download these past matric exam papers to help you prepare for the final exams.

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

Grade 10: English practice papers and study guide

Download a free study guide and common papers to help your Grade 10 child with their upcoming English exams.

Primary school

How lab coats help students see themselves as future scientists

There is no doubt that jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths are important for the progression of our country. Well, here's an innovative way we can get more students interested in the STEM subjects early on.

Learning difficulties

Occupational therapy resource directory

Resources that will make your life easier when referring to occupational therapy.

High school

In 5 years, Life Orientation will no longer be compulsory, but History will be

On 31 May the Department of Basic Education announced that, as of 2023, History would be rolled out incrementally as a compulsory subject up until matric. But Life Orientation will be scrapped. Here's the skinny.

Matric past exam papers

What is the Amended Senior Certificate? and other FAQs

Are you over the age of 21 and wish to pursue a matric certificate but was unable to complete your matric studies? You may finish your matric by writing the Amended Senior Certificate.

Primary school

SGB complaints and questions: an expert responds

We got a stream of letters and complaints from parents who serve on a school governing body, who are frustrated with the way things are run. To answer some of these concerns we spoke to Paul Colditz, an expert on governing bodies in South African schools.

Matric past exam papers

Download past matric exam papers here: updated to include Nov 2017

Here's a list of all the matric subject pages, where you can find old NSC matric exam papers dating from 2008.

Matric past exam papers

Matric exams 2018! Here's all you need to know

The matric 2018 end-of-year exams start Monday, 15 October. We've compiled all the information to help you and your teen get through them.

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

Help! My child is writing exams!

Exams don't have to be a stressful and anxious experience. If you as parent are positive about them and motivate your children, they will be able to keep their cool during examtime. Here are 10 tips to help.

Tertiary education

Vote, take risks, be fearless: Celebs offer advice to grads

"Press on with pride, and press on with purpose," Chadwick Boseman told graduates at a commencement ceremony as graduation season is in full swing in the US.

Matric past exam papers

PRINTABLE: The Amended Senior Certificate May/June 2018 exam calendar

Here are the dates and times those inspirational South African adults who want to get their matrics are sitting for the Amended Senior Certificate exams in May/June 2018.

Primary school

"We're not reconciling our youth with sport, we're dividing them"

A reader responds to racial inclusivity in sports and says, while reconciliation is important and it must be implemented, we need to be careful how we go about it, as we may be creating a culture of "resentment and anger" among our youth.

Matric past exam papers

PRINTABLE: The NSC 2018 exam calendar

The dates and times South African matrics will write their final exams in 2018.

Development & Behaviour

"3 crucial ways daycare centres can improve reading in SA": reader responds

International literacy consultant Thomas Benjamin comments on South Africa's reading crisis by identifying three real obstacles in preschool level - and offering a few solutions.

Primary school

Why racial inclusivity in sports should start at primary school level

Over the weekend former Rugby Player of the Year, Ashwin Willemse, made headlines when he stormed off the SuperSport set during a live broadcast. He said he was tired of being labelled a "quota player" and he refused to be "patronised by two individuals (Naas Botha and Nick Mallett) who played in an apartheid/segregated era". Stellenbosch University lecturer Francois Cleophas explains how today's racial division in sport participation is rooted in colonialism. Which is exactly why we should encourage racial inclusivity in sports at primary school level already.

Primary school

South Africa’s reading crisis: focus on the root cause - teacher training

South Africa ranked last out of 50 countries in the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy (PIRLS) study - the reading crisis is no overstatement. But here are several strategies that can improve children's reading.

High school

Why sexting must be on the curriculum

As parents, and teachers, we need to do more to ensure our children receive the information they need to avoid digital dilemmas and risks.

High school

Are we creating "incompetent future surgeons" or more opportunities? Readers respond to scrapping supplementary exams

The Department of Basic Education will be scrapping supplementary exams and allow matrics to rewrite a second national exam in the following May/June instead. While some of our readers agreed that this will give students much needed study time, others felt they are making things just a little too easy.
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