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2021 academic year


Fundile Gade, the Eastern Cape Education MEC, briefed the media about progress made and processes after the final day of marking examination papers. The MEC outlined the departmental plans for the 2021 academic year, as well as the readiness of schools to reopen.


Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande briefed the media on the reopening of universities and completion of the 2020 academic year. 


Universities are now waiting for final instructions from the Department of Higher Education on how exactly the 2021 academic year will run. Due to the pandemic, many Universities had to switch to an online learning programme with some Universities indicating that this will continue for 2021. 


Improvements are to be seen with school nutrition programmes as the Department plans for more learners to benefit from it. It was previously seen that because there were less learners coming to school, they weren't getting the food which was provided. The Basic Education Minister has now addressed this.


Covid-19 has completely unsettled everything we knew before. Matrics will now have to wait until April to start University. This virus has also taken away many lives and has affected students and staff in the Higher Education sector greatly with thousands infected and some deaths as well.

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