The DST (Department of Science & Technology and DoE (Department of Education, in partnership with SAASTE (South African Association of Science & Technology Educators) recognise the OLYMPIADS as a part of their Youth into Science strategy, and encourage all learners to participate in Olympiads. A data base of all schools that participate in the Science Olympiads is currently being compiled, so that the DoE, DST could embark on programmes to encourage learners (especially African and female learners to participate and excel in Science. SAASTE is the only recognised Professional body for science educators in the country. It is recognised at both Provincial and National levels by the Education departments and the Ministers.
This OLYMPIAD is the only officially recognised SCIENCE OLYMPIAD for Grades 4 to 11, and is recognised at Provincial, National, DoE and DST levels, as approved by cabinet in their Collaboration agreement and Plan for the Cabinet’s Youth into Science Strategy.
Participants in competitions of this nature are credited/recognised by tertiary institutions and bursars, with winners qualifying for additional points and fee discounts. Olympiad participants are generally viewed favourably by companies because of the recognition of their talents.