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the Department of Health’s new mobisite for adolescent & youth

In June the Minister of Health will be launching a cell phone App that will provide information, tools and support for young people to make informed choices about their lives so that they can enjoy good health outcomes.


In order for the youth to own this application DoH is launching a competition that will enable the youth to both name the app and to provide them with ideas of what content they would like to see in the app. The competition is open to all youth from 6 May to 31 May 2015. Read more...


Sexting: Spare the rod, teach the child


Teachers and Schools Governing Bodies (SGBs) must take decisive actions to protect our adolescents from the negative impact of social media and other modern forms of communication.

To simply punish adolescents who are found guilty of “sexting”  is not a solution. Read more...

High numbers for Amended Senior Certificate exams


More than 157 000 candidates have enrolled for the Amended Senior Certificate exams, which are scheduled for June 2015.


The last Senior Certificate examination, which allowed learners with incomplete Senior Certificate credits, as well as adult learners of 21 years and older to obtain a matric qualification, was conducted in June 2014.  Read more...

Revised CAPS for Technology Subjects approved

The Department has approved the introduction of the revised Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) for Technology (Technical Subjects). T


The CAPS for all Technology Subjects, including Technical Mathematics and Technical Sciences that were promulgated in July 2014, will be incrementally implemented in January 2016 from Grade 10.  Read more...



The DBE has, on 5 May 2015, released the Draft National Policy on HIV, STIs and TB for public comment.

HIV and TB are chronic diseases that have reached epidemic proportions in South Africa. Taken together, they constitute a major management challenge for the country in general and the Basic Education Sector in particular. Read more...

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