Those Grade 9 pupils nationwide who averaged only 13 percent in mathematics shouldn’t feel too bad.
I was no great shakes at maths myself, and I went to a good school – not one of those where nowadays the teachers only turn up when they feel like it, and are themselves unsure which side of a triangle constitutes the hypotenuse.
People are wondering why President Jacob Zuma needs such a big new police station less than a kilometre away from his palatial compound at Nkandla.
Details released by the Sunday Times reveal that it will have 230 staff, a victim support centre, holding cells, undercover parking and barracks for 50 employees, and will cover more than an acre of ground.
What is it about South African schools that they have become so sexy?
Now even the markers of matric examination papers have to be restrained from dangling from the chandeliers and other forms of sexual activity during their spare time. Their conduct in various school hostels during the 12-day marking period, and especially during the 12 nights, is subject to a strict code that forbids “illicit liaisons in the hostels or on the grounds”.