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Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the province was ready and prepared when it came to primary school learners to go back to daily classes. This follows a few changes in the registration process for grade 1 as well as grade 8 learners in the province being announced.

There are rising concerns when it comes to how online learning has become a normal way of teaching due to the Covid-19 pandemic. What impact can this have on children in the long term? Read further for more details.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga says that schools are ready to reopen as scheduled on Monday, 26 July depending on confirmation from President Cyril Ramaphosa and that vandalised schools in KwaZulu-Natal have made provisions to ensure their reopening on the same date. 

Teacher's union Naptosa says schools should commence as scheduled on Monday 26 July but that schools in KwaZulu-Natal are unable to reopen as planned due to property damage caused by last week's violence and looting. 

The Department of Basic Education has officially concluded it's nationwide vaccination drive for teachers and members of educational support staff but says assistance is still available. By the end of Wednesday, 500 000 jabs were administered.

Minister Blade Nzimande appeals to all university students who will remain behind on-campus accommodation residences to act responsibly as the country faces a third wave. This week, the Minister addresses many changes within the higher education sector due to Level 4 lockdown.

The South African Union Students recently completed their annual conference where they discussed the many difficult issues facing South African students.  The Careers Portal interviewed incoming SG Lukhanyo Daweti and he told us that the union is calling for an aggressive and clear strategy from the government in its implementation of blended learning amid the Covid pandemic. 


After President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that all in-person classes and experimental learning activities should end on Wednesday, Universities around the country have had to make plans. These plans outline if and how learning and teaching will continue under level 4 lockdown.

Following the recent announcement of school closures by the Department of Basic Education. The National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) welcomes the new regulations, but not without a few concerns.

Several districts in Kwazulu-Natal have run out of vaccines for teachers. Despite this, the province aims to inoculate 127 000 education sector staff within two weeks.

The Teacher vaccination rollout is now in it's second week with all school staff being inoculated. The sector's goal is to vaccinate 582 000 people by 8 July.

Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande says the development of a policy framework for the regulation of university fees is underway to ensure that fees are kept at affordable levels for all families that need assistance.

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, said that vaccinations in the sector will continue even with schools closing. Motshekga was speaking at a media briefing in Free State while giving an update on the education sector's response to Covid19. 

Schools will be closing early, after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the country will be placed under Adjusted Alert Level 4 lockdown restrictions for two weeks due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections in South Africa. 

A Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probe has found that the North West Department of Education incurred more than R6.5 million in over expenditure when procuring thousands of cloth face masks.

The Department of Basic Education has called on all teachers and staff members within the education sector to be present in all schools nationwide in order to prepare for the vaccination programme that is set to begin on Wednesday June 23rd. 

The drive to vaccinate teachers begins this week. Uber has committed to providing 100 000 free rides to get teachers to and from vaccination sites.

More than 20 schools have been closed in Gauteng on Friday due to a rapid rise in Covid-19 over the past 24 hours. This comes after the Gauteng Department of Education, Steve Mabona held a press briefing on Friday to give current data on the rising Covid-19 infection rate in the province

The Western Cape Education Department has ruled that not all schools across will resume full-time attendance due to social distancing rules. The Department announced that primary school learners will return to schools full-time from 26 July.

Seven schools in Mpumalanga province have closed down due to a sudden surge in Covid-19 infections amongst pupils and teachers. There have now been calls to close down schools due to the third wave.



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