MEC Lesufi pleased with Gauteng matric 2020 pass rate

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said that he was relieved that the matric class of 2020 in the province achieved an 83.8% pass rate. In an unprecedented school year hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and several lockdowns, Lesufi said that it was a tough time for teachers, parents, and pupils. “Among the top 10, six […]

WC matric pass rate drops to below 80% for first time since 2010

The Western Cape has just missed out on achieving an 80% pass rate for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) matric results, making it the first time since 2010 that the province has not achieved this feat. On Monday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that the national NSC pass rate stands at 76.2% – a […]

WC school principals concerned over dropout rate

Principals in the Western Cape are concerned about the number of children who have to drop out of school. This comes after the release of the Independent Examination Board (IEB) matric results on Friday. The IEB’s CEO Anne Oberholzer said independent schools have also felt the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown with […]

South Africa’s unemployment rate declines to 23.3%

SA’s unemployment rate has declined to 23.3% in the second quarter from 30.1% previously. Officially, 4.3 million people are unemployed. Under the expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people no longer looking for work, the unemployment rate is 42%. That puts the number of people out of work at 10.3 million. [Thread] The South African […]

Education dept concerned over high rate of absenteeism in Limpopo schools

Limpopo’s education department is concerned about the high rate of absenteeism in schools across the province since the lifting of the Covid-19 hard lockdown. In her presentation to the provincial Covid-19 command council in Polokwane on Wednesday, MEC for Education Polly Boshielo said the absenteeism was due to several factors, including fear of Covid-19 infection, […]

Minister Dlamini-Zuma raises concerns over Cape Town’s high crime rate

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Wednesday questioned the high crime rate in Cape Town. Dlamini-Zuma said that the Western Cape was performing well in terms of governance, but she questioned crime-fighting efforts. The minister raised concerns about the metro during a discussion on the second day of the National Council of […]