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As institutions of higher learning open their doors, approximately 700 000 new students will enter the system of higher education. A student organisation has lashed out at South African universities that are planning to carry on with the mandatory vaccination policy.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) recently announced that it would open the appeals process for students whose 2022 funding applications were rejected. But it seems you may have to wait a bit longer until they kick-off.

Two out of three suspects have been arrested for a robbery that took place at a school in Pinetown, Dassenhoek. Learners who were stabbed are currently recovering from their wounds but counseling is much needed for the whole education community who caught sight of the disturbing events.

The Education Department had been happy that it was able to overcome some of its matric 2021 challenges such as loadshedding and a storm that had resulted in exam papers being lost at one of its marking centres. Another storm that was still brewing was that of learners and teachers investigated for cheating in the exams.


Recently, the cohort of matric 2021 learners received their matric results and not all of the learners are happy with their achievements. If you need to improve your maths and science marks, here’s a programme that might be just for you.


As we head towards the end of January and the beginning of February, it's good to know when the Sassa grant payment dates are. Here are the Sassa grant payment dates for February 2022.

There are push and pull factors that contribute to the dropout rate that has reached its all-time high. Education activists have proposed options that can be explored to minimize the number of learners dropping out of the schooling system.

The Department of Basic Education in Limpopo could soon be without a MEC as calls continue for the dismissal of MEC Polly Boshielo, following the province's poor performance in the 2021 matric results. However, some analysts believe that it would be a premature intervention, as a more sustainable solution is needed.

The Western Cape Education Department has shown concern in relation to the damaged school properties in the province during the December holiday period. The education department has called on the public to report such incidents.

South African civil society groups have made another urgent appeal to the government to keep and increase the R350 grant. However, the outcome is yet to be determined following a recent meeting with government officials.

With more than 3000 learners waiting to be placed in Western Cape schools, the education department in a race against time to place them. The department is now trying to establish which schools have gaps that need to be filled by new learners.


The Department of Basic Education is looking to implement some changes in the sector to ensure that there are fewer disruptions to the school year. Basic Education  Minister Angie Motshekga has shed some light on what the Department has planned for the sector in 2022.

More than 3 000 of the 5 000 schools in the Eastern Cape have not received any stationery. Teacher unions in the Eastern Cape have made their plans known to the Education Department.

It's business as usual in KZN schools after tropical cyclone La Nina ravaged schools and residential areas in the province. KZN Education Minister has come up with a contingency plan that will save learning and teaching time for the learners.

As the closing deadline for the second cycle of the R350 grant draws closer, civic organisations have continued their calls for it to be extended. They also want the government to consider introducing a Basic Income Grant.  

Teachers Union, SADTU has called on the government to invest in early childhood education to ensure a stable foundation in the schooling career of young children. The union has also expressed some concern about the future of education in South Africa. 

The past two years have not been easy for learners, as they've had to adjust to newly structured timetables. This has negatively impacted their learning experience and education activists are calling for change. 

For years, learner performance in mathematics has been an area of concern, as poor performance in the subject has been seen more than improvements. However, things are starting to look up in the education sector.


In 2020, learners lost 4 months of their learning time, however, the majority in that cohort of matric learners managed a pass rate of 76.4%. However, experts have raised questions around these stats and other factors that the public should be concerned about when it comes to the health of the South African education system.

If you were looking to pursue your tertiary studies through Unisa and may have initially missed the deadline, now is your chance because Unisa has given applicants more time to register and has also opened late applications.