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A school in Tembisa, Gauteng has been under construction for nearly 5 years with more than R86 million spent on it. Residents of the community are now appealing to the government to open the school as the conditions of the temporary school are very poor. 


Parents and learners have been gathering outside Sinenjongo High school in Joe Slovo park in the hope of finding placement at the school. They are among more than 8,600 learners still to be placed at schools in the Western Cape.

By Peter Luhanga


President Ramaphosa has said that government is aiming to roll out the new Coding and Robotics Curriculum for schools. This is being done so that preparation can be done for the Fourth (and Fifth) Industrial Revolution.


With the Matric Class of 2020 having finally received their results, some may have performed better than anticipated and discovered that they are now eligible for further study – and the good news from an expert is that registrations are still open at some higher education institutions, so there is no need for matriculants to put their plans on hold until next year.


Equal Education is calling on Government to use money allocated to schools properly. This comes after the Finance Minister announced the budget for the next three years.


Matric inmates have made the Department of Correctional Services proud as they not only saw an increase in their Matric pass rate but also saw them beat regular public schools. Just like regular public schools, inmates had their schooling turned upside down due to the pandemic.


The Department of Basic Education has said that the decline seen in 2020's Matric pass rate is not Covid related and would have actually been very close to last year's pass rate. The Matric Class of 2020 achieved a national pass rate of 76.2%.


Good news, bad news and something in between. That's what's heard in Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni's, budget speech today. The Minister announced that budget cuts will continue for the education sector.


Umalusi was not expecting the Matric pass rate for the Class of 2020 to be what it is. The release of the matric results have been approved by Umalusi, the Quality Council in General and Further Education and Training. 


Kwazulu-Natal seems to have a teacher shortage as 4000 teachers need to be replaced and even more might be needed. The province's Matric pass rate has dropped since last year.

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