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DBE is referring to the Department of Basic Education. The Department of Basic Education is the branch of government responsible for schooling in the country and is headed by Minister Angie Motshekga.


As the Department of Basic Education puts forward a proposal to have all primary school learners return to class full-time, the Minister has since agreed that the current rotational system is not practical. A decision on whether this full return will happen is yet to be made.


Covid-19 and the resulting National Lockdown has put an even brighter spotlight on school dropouts as the dropout rate in the country only gets worse. This comes at a time where learners returning to class full-time is being considered.


The Department of Basic Education and teachers unions are still debating about whether primary school pupils should return the school full-time. Many say it is not worth as there have been talks of a third wave, while others say it is needed. 


Teachers are now calling for Government to provide them with salary increases. Public servants believe that government does not care about them and that workers should be paid what they deserve.


With this year flashing by, schools opened for their second term today. We are still under the threat of Covid-19 which impacts schools as well and the Department might be making some changes.


The Department of Basic Education are now discussing a possible second phase for the school assistants programme which fell under the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative. More than 300 000 young people were hired to assist in schools.


There has been discussions within government on whether all learners will be returning to school full time. When will this be happening? Will the third wave affect the decision?


The Western Cape Education Department says that it is implementing a plan to place the learners who are currently registered as unplaced in the province. 


Cabinet has now expressed concern as bullying incidents have become more commonplace. This comes after a 15 year old took her own life following a video of her being assaulted at school went viral.


Discussions are currently underway on whether learners should not all be going to school five days a week, as it was pre-pandemic. This could also be happening soon as the first term is about to end.


The Department of Basic Education has announced that they have released the results for the Class of 2020 Matric exam remarks and rechecks. This might be some Matriculants second chance at getting their Matric or getting into the University programme they want.


Recently an article was released by Businesstech.co.za, which stated that there was a shortage of 24 000 teachers in the country, however according to the Department of Basic Education that was incorrect.


The Department of Education says over 5,000 learners have still not been placed at schools in the Western Cape. Education department says many of the learners applied late.

By Marecia Damons


Applications to be enrolled in Western Cape schools close today. The application system opened on 26 February. Applications can be submitted both online and manually.


Parents picket outside the Department of Education’s district office in Gqeberha to demand that a school get a fence, toilets and more staff, among other things. The parents said, “We are here to give the District Director seven days to respond to our memorandum of demands or he will see the wrath of the parents”.

By Mkhuseli Sizani


The Department of Basic Education has announced that late applications for the Second Chance Matric Programme is now open. The Second Chance Matric Programme gives you the opportunity to rewrite your exams should you not have been satisfied with your initial results.


A huge amount of learners seemed to have dropped out of school in Gauteng. With schools now in their second month of schooling, there is also over 200 learners who remain unplaced in schools. The Department aims to clear the backlog this week.


Applications for school admissions in the Western Cape have now been extended. This allows parents and guardians more time to register learners for the 2022 school year.


If you did not meet the minimum requirements or want to rewrite some of your matric subjects, you can now register to do so through the Second Chance Matric programme. Here's what to do.


Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has said that government will get rid of all pit toilets in public schools by next year. However, education groups, such as Equal Education, are not convinced.

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