Schools across the country and the 2014 matric pupils who passed are celebrating - after all the results were released this morning. The overall matric pass rate dropped to 75.8 percent for the first group who wrote the new curriculum exams.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga expressed her disappointed in the 2.4 percent drop compared to the pass rate in 2013 - something most education experts had predicted, blaming the new caps curriculum which was introduced. Gauteng was the best performing province with 84.7 percent --- still down however from the previous year.
Police say a man has shot dead his wife and then committed suicide inside the Parkview Police Station's Client Services Centre in the early hours of this morning. The SAPS's Lungelo Dlamini says the couple were at the station at around three o’ clock to fill in domestic violence forms. He says investigations are underway into what the nature of the domestic violence complaint was. Social workers are also being brought in to counsel the officers who witnessed the shooting.
Parkview Police Station - pic courtesy of www.rosebankkillarneygazette.co.za
A powerful earthquake has hit Christchurch in New Zealand but there has been no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries. The 5.6 magnitude quake struck early this morning and the United States Geological Survey has confirmed that its epicenter was at least 100 kilometres northwest of Christchurch at a depth of 10 kilometers. Christchurch on the east coast of South Island is still rebuilding from a 2011 earthquake which left 185 people dead.