Department of Basic education

71% of pupils not back at school go hungry

Its has been three months since the High Court in Pretoria ordered the department of basic education to reinstate the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) but children across the country are still going without food. In July, the court ordered the department to ensure all qualifying children got meals. But[…]

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Educators should assist learners cope with backlog: expert

Education expert Professor Mary Metcalfe says educators will have to assist learners to cope with catching up on the backlog of the 2020 academic year, following delays to the calendar due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The Department of Basic Education says despite having trimmed down the curriculum, learners will only[…]

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Educators council not doing enough to curb sexual violence: CGE

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has expressed disappointment over the spate of sexual violence in schools. The CGE met with the South African Council of Educators (SACE) Teddy Bear Clinic and the Department of Basic Education on Tuesday in Johannesburg to discuss findings from recent site inspections at various schools across the country.[…]

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WC children’s commissioner bill finally unveiled

A bill has been presented that will establish a children’s commissioner in the Western Cape. This after calls for the appointment of a commissioner grew following the murder of 66 children in the province last year. In recent days, the Department of Basic Education in the Western Cape voiced their[…]

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Supplementary exams to be scrapped from 2019

The Department of Basic Education is implementing a new system that will do away with supplementary exams and replace them with a second national exam, giving students an opportunity to better their results. The new system will save the department money and give pupils more time to prepare for exams.[…]

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Vuwani kids face matric rewrite

More than 2600 Grade 12 pupils in the trouble-torn town of Vuwani in Limpopo might have to repeatmatric if they do not return to class soon, the Department of Basic Education has warned. Schools in the area have been closed for about two months following violent protests by the community[…]

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Annual education assessments will happen despite boycott

The Department of Basic Education has given the assurance this year’s Annual National Assessments (ANAs) will go ahead, despite a call for teachers to boycott the tests. “As far as we are concerned the ANAs are going to happen as planned,” spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga told News24. The assessments are expected[…]

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Matric cheats face three-year ban

Matriculants found to have cheated could be banned from writing matric for the next three years, the education department said in Durban on Monday. In addition officials found to be complicit in suspected mass cheating in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape could face criminal charges, basic education department spokesman Elijah[…]

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