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Parents Urged To Communicate With Schools

Some parents have been worried about how the next few years will work for learners. Will fees increase? and what is the department doing to make sure that learners are prepared for the next few years?

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Dr Moses Simelane from the Basic Education Department said the department is providing lesson plans to learners through various platforms like television and radio.

The department has also delivered packages of learning materials directly to schools. Simelane has praised the role that parents play in the lives of their children.

Executive Director of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa, Lebogang Montjane has asked all parents to pay school fees before the 2021 academic year begins.

He has also encouraged parents to take their children to the library and to encourage them to read.

"It is those times during the holidays when the schools are closed that you must keep your children occupied...Get involved in your child's education but during the school holidays please make sure that your children are reading."

Montjane said some schools face difficulties when parents don't communicate with schools about their financial troubles. This is usually what makes schools terminate the contracts that they have with parents. 

If you've lost your job or as we know, peoples' salaries have been cut, please immediately go to your school and tell them this so that they can make arrangements for you"

President of the SA Principals Association, David de Korte has assured parents that learners are being tested on reduced work so the failure rate at the end of the year might not be high. 

In August, the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga announced that the department would trim the national curriculum by carrying parts of the 2020 curriculum into 2021. 

“What we have done for the internal grades is to take parts of the curriculum of 2020 into 2021 so we are going to only teach and assess them on only 70% of the curriculum.

“We are not going to dump the work we missed, we are going to factor it into 2021,” said Motshekga.

The Minister said the department would need a 3-year programme to gain back lost time.

"We're gonna start 2021 and the next year is gonna be up to every single school with help from the department to fill in the backlog and make up the work that was missed that is needed to scaffold." said de Kort.

He has urged parents to not worry about next year, as the department has plans put in place to help schools cope.

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