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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. 


Mpumalanga school pupils aged 18 and older will soon be able to get their vaccines at school. The provincial education department is rolling out vaccine centres in classrooms.


The Northern Cape Department of Education has again raised concerns about the high Covid-19 infection rate among learners and school staff in the province. The province reported hundreds of new Covid-19 cases at six schools in the past week.


Teacher's unions are unhappy with the new 0.5m social distancing rules for primary schools and are requesting an urgent meeting with the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga concerning this. 

 


The Department of Basic Education says it plans to reduce the social distancing requirement to half a metre in schools. This follows reports that some schools in the country are unable to resume at full capacity due to overcrowded classrooms. 


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


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 Businesstech.co.za, 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. 

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