Teaching and learning commenced well in most schools countrywide, while few interruptions were experienced in other schools on the first day of the academic year.
The African National Congress Youth League in Gauteng on Monday commended the “bold stand” Pretoria High School for Girls pupils have taken against its code of conduct about hairstyles.
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is due to visit the school on Monday to address the controversy as more than 4500 people signed a petition calling for his intervention.
Despite several challenges, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) roll out in Gauteng schools has made important gains academically, says MEC Panyaza Lesufi.
The Gauteng Department of Education says it is currently in the process of placing learners who applied online and anticipates it will conclude the process by 7 September 2016.
The Gauteng Department of Education has processed 682 142 applications since it introduced the online application process.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid his respects to the youth of 1976, who lost their lives in the struggle for freedom and a democratic South Africa.
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says over 188 000 parents have successfully processed their applications within a period of 18 hours since the Online Learner Admission went live.