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The Congress of South African Students are threatening to close down private schools and have now resorted to protesting outside of a school. 


The closing date for learners to apply for matric supplementary exams, is said to leave very little time for them to apply and now the Department of Basic Education is being urged to extend the deadline. 


The Department of Basic Education has postponed the reopening of public and independent schools due to the rise in COVID-19 infections.


SABC Education has called for the matrics of 2020 to register to receive their final results as the marking of the matric exams are coming to an end. 


Mark capturing for this years National Senior Certificate exams have now begun. The department is said to be days ahead of schedule during this years matric marking season.


With the department nearing the end of this years Matric marking session, they are said to be ahead of schedule which further motivates there being no delay in the release of results.


The Department of Basic Education's decision to delay the reopening of schools has received mixed reactions. The South African Human Rights Commission is on the side opposing the delay and believes that schools are not playing a major role in spreading Covid.


Following the Department of Basic Education's announcement that schools will be opening on 15 February, some schools have chosen to ignore this and are having learners back. MEC Panyaza Lesufi has now pledged to combat this issue.


Matric exam markers in the Free State are fearful to return to marking centres after eight markers tested positive for the coronavirus at seven different venues. 


The Department of Basic Education recruited around 300 000 South African youths as education assistants. Now, many have said that they still haven't received payment. Various questions are now being raised when it comes to this initiative.

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