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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
Congress of the People (COPE) says it welcomes the decision by the Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise to allow an urgent debate next month on the state of education in South Africa. The debate was requested by the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to meet with unions on Wednesday morning to discuss various issues, including the closure of schools ahead of the COVID-19 peak in the country. The meeting comes a day after the largest teacher union South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) called for schools[…]
Leader of the One South Africa Movement, Musi Maimane, is calling for teachers and learners to stay home on Friday in protest of government’s decision to reopen schools. Maimane is taking his campaign to see school gates shut in the wake of rising COVID-19 infections to the street, having been[…]
Several pickets have taken place outside of schools throughout the province this week as parents and teachers continue their call for schools to be closed until the coronavirus peak has passed. There are grave concerns that since learners were reintegrated into the classroom last month, both teachers and learners have[…]
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