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There are big problems in South Africa’s school systems. These aren’t often discussed when matric results are released. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Why caution is called for when analysing South Africa’s matric results

South Africa's annual matric pass rate obscures important differences in provincial achievements, the rural and urban divide and the unequal outcomes for learners in poorer schools.
Religious teachers can feel uncomfortable explaining the science of evolution to their pupils. Shutterstock

Evolution vs creation: teachers try to balance faith and their lessons

Many South African teachers don't accept the theory of evolution. They feel deeply conflicted when they have to teach it to their pupils as part of the life sciences curriculum.
School fee exemptions that are meant to help poor families can actually cause them major problems. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

University protests are important – but school fees also matter

South Africa's fee exemption system is at the heart of a deepening divide in the country's school sector. It's time for a major relook at how this policy is applied.
The beginning of any child’s school career can be a scary time. But parents and teachers can make it easier. Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

How parents and teachers can make school a happy place for kids

It takes a combination of people, places and activities to make school a happy environment for kids. Here's how teachers and parents can get involved.
Prospective students rush the gates of the University of Johannesburg during a deadly 2012 stampede. Are South Africa’s universities ready for the latest crop of matriculants? Adrian De Kock/EPA

South Africa’s universities may not be ready for the latest crop of school leavers

South Africa's matric results and data from national benchmarking tests suggest that many school leavers aren't ready for university. It's also worth asking: are universities ready for them?
Where is education going for South Africa’s ‘Born Frees’? teachandlearn

South African education still fails many 20 years after apartheid

Since the dawn of democracy in South Africa 20 years ago, pass rates in the country’s end-of-school exam – commonly known as the matric – have been steadily on the rise, despite indications that the schooling…

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