Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has told Parliament that plans are at an advanced stage for the standardisation of assessments for grades three, six, and nine. This will be accompanied by the introduction of a general education certificate before grade nine. Speaking during her department’s budget vote debate on Thursday,[…]
Over 19 000 young people, who have been employed as education assistants, have received a temporary life-line after their contracts were extended by a month. The assistants were employed in December last year, as part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme. The aim is to mitigate job losses in light[…]
Civil society organisations say President Cyril Ramaphosa has ignored a promise he made last year to the deaf community that the sign language will become the 12th official language. They say a year later, nothing has been done by government to ensure that the sign language receives the recognition it[…]
Education activist Hendrick Makaneta has called on the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to publish all qualifications that will not be funded on its website. Makaneta says this will make it easier for students to know whether they will receive funding or not. He says that it’s disturbing that[…]
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says South Africa needs to rethink the current delivery of the curriculum. She was giving her closing remarks at the 2021 Virtual Basic Education Lekgotla, adding that it was both an honour and a privilege to host it. “Clearly, among the critical tasks we must[…]
“This has been one of the most traumatic events in our lifetime,” said Dr Yusuf Lalkhen, an educational psychologist. Speaking on the VOC’s Breakfast show on Thursday, Dr Lalkhen described the year 2020 as an extremely debilitating year for the youth and their overall mental wellbeing. South Africa recorded over[…]
Trade Union SADTU has called on the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to ensure the vetting process for recently employed teaching assistants, does not leave children at risk of being assaulted. Through the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI), 200 000 education assistants and 100 000 general school assistants will be[…]
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says 10% of learners from Grade 1 to Grade 11 cannot be accounted for following the reopening of schools since the beginning of the lockdown. The Minister was answering a question on how many learners have not returned to school during a virtual social cluster[…]
President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled a plan to defend France’s secular values against what he termed as “Islamist radicalism”, saying the religion was “in crisis” all over the world, prompting a backlash from Muslim activists. In a long-awaited address on Friday, Macron insisted “no concessions” would be made in a[…]
Sleep consultant Jolandi Becker says it is important to make sure that children are mentally prepared for changes, as more of them head back to school on Monday, following the easing of lockdown regulations. Becker says many children are battling to adapt to the new normal that the coronavirus has ushered in.[…]
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