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The education department recently announced that the wearing of face masks is no longer a requirement for teachers and learners within school premises. This has resulted in teacher unions and education experts having mixed reactions about what this new change will mean for the education sector.

 


Recently, the Health Department repealed at least three Covid-19 regulations. The removal of these regulations has also led to changes in the education sector. 

 


The Department of Basic Education has indicated that majority of the learners at schools in the Eastern Cape who are eligible for the Learner Transport Programme are targeted to be transported.  


A youth-led organisation prides itself in the achievements of one of its programmes that was introduced to primary school learners. Since its initial launch during the lockdown period, the lives of learners have improved. 

 


Online applications for boarding school admissions to Gauteng schools will open when learners return from their winter holidays. If you will be applying for admission to boarding schools, here's what you need to know. 

 


Thousands of young people have benefitted from the government's youth employment initiative since its introduction. However, this might no longer be the case for other young people who have been hopeful to be appointed in the next phases of the teaching assistant initiative.  

 


Recently, the Health Minister recommended for mask wearing to come to an end, following a drop in Covid-19 infections. However, a teachers union has weighed in on what this could mean for schools.


The University of Pretoria (UP) Student Representative Council (SRC) of 2022 has received a number of complaints from students who were previously funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). The Council has now engaged with relevant parties to reach a resolution that will help the affected students.

 


The floods that had swept through parts of the KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, and Northern Cape this year, added to the school infrastructure backlog facing the Department of Basic Education. But with the department receiving a provincial allocation of R17.5 Billion for infrastructure projects, it has set deadlines to resolve this longstanding issue.

 


Northern Cape Education MEC, Zolile Monakali revealed how the province will spend its education budget for the upcoming financial year. This year's theme for education will be geared towards modernisation, growth and success.

 

 


The education department has seen an increase in the demand for foundation phase teachers who are able to teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. The Higher Education department is now working hand-in-hand with Basic Education in ensuring that the teaching offered at higher education institutions meets this demand.


Higher Education wants to close the curtain on the Senior Certificate by 2023, allowing for the continuation of the National Senior Certificate for Adults (NASCA) beyond this year. On the other hand, the Umalusi Council has raised its concerns about this plan.

 


Department of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that there will be some changes to national assessments and subjects at the schools in South Africa. This comes after consultations between stakeholders in the education sector.

 


If you are among the parents who have been looking to have their children admitted to a school in the Western Cape then it would be ideal for you to do so as soon as possible. Here is how the Department carries out the process and some of the challenges they have encountered throughout the process.


In a recently held gathering, offenders serving long terms in prison have shared their experiences and warned school learners that some behaviors may lead to them knocking on jail bars, should they not be careful.

 


20 June marks the last day school applications can be submitted for those in the Northern Cape. The Northern Cape Education Department urges parents to apply before it's too late.


It has been proven that the arrival of Covid-19 has had a notable negative impact on the country's education system. The education department plans to introduce strategies to resolve this and other related issues following the return to a normal schooling schedule, which had been halted during the height of the pandemic.


Civil society groups such as, Equal Education have called for key changes to be made to the Basic Education Law Amendment Bill to ensure that schools have safe and workable policies that protect learners’ basic rights.


The Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill allows the limited sale of alcohol at school functions. However, certain social groups do not agree with this section of the bill.


The Department of Basic Education's language policy has been called into question for not functioning sufficiently by those that argue that it is exclusionary in some respects. The Department's minister has explained the plans put in place to address the issue. 


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