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Violence and bullying is experienced by many learners at schools across South Africa, government departments are now coming together to bring an end to this by introducing a roadshow campaign at schools. 

The pressure is on for Gauteng’s education department, as the province is trying to contain Covid-19 outbreaks in schools. 

The Department of Basic Education has started embarking on a nationwide school safety intervention initiative. The initiative is aimed at addressing school violence, bullying, drug use, and social ills, which directly impact educational outcomes.

The passing of 15 year old Lufuno Mavhunga has given government a wake up call about bullying at schools. 


Woza Matrics has officially launched today. The Department of Basic education launched this programme to help matric learners catch up with school work. Classes will be broadcast on TV channels, online platforms and radio. 


The Department of Basic Education has faced many challenges over the past year. Minister Angie Motshekga recently shared how her department has managed to bounce back. 




School rules have been updated for learners across the country. Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga released a gazette, explaining the new changes. 

Recently an article was released by, which stated that there was a shortage of 24 000 teachers in the country, however according to the Department of Basic Education that was incorrect.

The Basic Education Portfolio Committee has expressed concern regarding the state of readiness for the reopening of schools in the Eastern Cape, as the province experiences shortages of teachers and delays in textbook deliveries. 

The Department of Basic Education in Mpumalanga issued 14 learners connected to the matric paper leaks with hearing letters, requiring them to be interviewed. However Cosas has intervened cancelling these interviews. 


Schools in the Eastern Cape have been facing challenges with basic infrastructure for many years leaving learners to be taught in unsafe environments and affecting their quality of education. 

A report has been released by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) stating that they are satisfied with the first week of marking of the matric examinations.

The government is being put under pressure to prioritise teachers for the vaccine rollout as more than 1 600 teachers have died since March 2020 due to the coronavirus in South Africa. 

Despite the deaths of many teachers, the WCED says that it has done everything it can to prepare for the reopening of schools amid the rising number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa. 

Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi claims the Independent Examinations Board 'wants the poor to subsidise the rich' after the board approached the courts claiming it could not afford the services that Umalusi charged it for.

The Department of Basic Education is concerned about the number of teachers who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic and how this will affect the exam marking and the next academic year. 

The Constitutional Court has ruled that a limpopo matric's right to write one of his final exams has been violated by the acting school principal, after he was refused entry into an examination venue. 

As Covid-19 cases have increased in South Africa, there is a concern for the large number of teachers who have been infected and have lost their lives due to the coronavirus. 

The 2021 academic year is set to begin on 25 January for teachers and 27 January for the learners with a 3-year recovery plan which will make up for lost time due to the current pandemic.

The national Matric rewrites were set to happen today and Thursday but since that was decision was set aside, the Department has now reacted to it. Although the court has ruled that a rewrite won't take place, the Department still believes that it would have been the logical action to take.