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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. 


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. 


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 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


Teachers Assistants in the Free State have had their prayers answered now that their contracts have been extended. As part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme, 300 000 youth across South Africa were hired to be school assistants.


If you participated in the School Assistants programme, Youth Capital wants to hear from you. Your voice and opinions are important and can help those who design and implement these programmes make them more relevant.

 


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.


Remember the 300 000 school assistants who were hired? Sadly, their contracts will soon come to an end. School staff are now worried about what will happen without these assistants there to help them with many hoping for contracts to be renewed.


The Grade 12 EMSS learners from across the country received their certificates and top achiever awards on 13 March 2021. Despite an extremely disruptive year, the EMSS Grade 12s showed high levels of resilience and drive by attaining an impressive 84% pass rate, of which 63% attained bachelor passes.


If you did not pass your National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams or you are perhaps unhappy with your results, you may apply to have your exam paper re-marked or re-checked.


The Competition Commission and School Governing Body signed an agreement which aims to eliminate competition when it comes to procuring school uniforms and other learning-related goods and services and is a way to make school uniforms more accessible.


Government is now committing themselves to have all schools in the country have access to WiFi by 2030. They have also been working towards providing support to parents when it comes to learners school uniforms.


The 2020 matric pass rate dropped by 5,1% and Professor Moeketsi Letseka, the UNESCO chair on open distance learning at UNISA says that under the circumstances these results should be welcomed. 


Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has emphasised that although uniforms are a challenge for some parents, they are here to stay and government will instead make them more accessible.

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