No plans at the moment to close schools: Motshekga

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says her department does not have any plans at the moment to close schools. The Minister says those that are planning to shut down schools forcefully will be dealt with by law enforcement. On the site visit to various schools in Limpopo, Motshekga says parents[…]

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Schools warned against withholding reports

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has urged parents to report any school that withholds students reports cards due to school fees that are not paid up. Speaking to VOC’s Breakfast on Tuesday, department spokesperson Bronagh Hammond labelled it “unacceptable” and encouraged parents to be open with schools about their[…]

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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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Paediatrician groups condemn closure of public schools

The Paediatrician Management Group and the South African Paediatric Association (SAPA) have condemned the reclosure of public schools in the country. The bodies say cabinet’s decision is not based on scientific evidence and is not in the best interests of children. Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a four-week long[…]

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DA heads to courts as SA remains divided over school closures

The DA says it is heading to court to argue that the decision to close public schools for four weeks is “politically rather than scientifically motivated”. The party said the decision made by Cabinet following Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s consultations with the sector; including MECs, heads of department, union[…]

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Education Department to consult stakeholders on opening of schools

The Basic Education Department will on Thursday begin to consult education stakeholders on keeping schools open as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies in the country. The National Teachers Union (NATU) and student organisation COSAS have joined the South African Democratic Teachers Union’s (SADTU) call that schools should close amid the pandemic[…]

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ANC, EFF support WHO’s stance on reopening of schools

Political parties have weighed in on the debate about the continued teaching and learning at South African schools amid a rapid rise of COVID-19 infections. The governing African National Congress (ANC) has echoed sentiments of the World Health Organisation (WHO) that schools should only be reopened in the context of[…]

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