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Many students think that going into teaching is the only career option in education for them. There are a host of careers in education and getting a career in education can be among the most rewarding ways to make a difference in the lives of others.

Teacher assistants may not make headline news but they play a vital role in ensuring stability in our schools such as managing challenging pupil behaviour and carrying out other administrative duties. Careers Portal caught up with a 23-year-old former teacher assistant to get a sense of her professional experience.


The principal of Redhill School has made a radical suggestion to drop two subjects from the school curriculum as schools across the country battle to keep up after Covid-19 disruptions. 

The Excellence in Education Awards rewards educators and students who creatively use Apple technology to bring learning to life. The awards celebrate excellence and teaches students to innovate.

With target numbers nearing a million for the vaccinations in the education sector, these inoculations could then not be finished on time. The Department of Basic Education has now announced that they'll be extending the deadline.

After an outcry by education activists which resulted in Section 27 and Equal Education wanting to take the Department of Basic Education to Court. The Free State Department of Education has since responded so you should definitely read further.

Just like that, we are near to the end of the education sector vaccine rollout, which the department hopes will help bring schools back to normal. This rollout is expected to finish by 9 July.

The Department of Basic Education has administered over 300 000 vaccines so far, which is more than half of their target. They have however showed concern about the thousands of teachers and staff in the sector who are refusing to take the vaccine. 

Teacher's unions have expressed concern surrounding the amount of vaccines available for the education sector however Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga says that there are enough vaccines for all employees in the sector. 

Education Department encouraged parents and caregivers who intended to enrol their children for the 2022 school year in the Western Cape to confirm their final choice of school, by midnight on Friday 25 July 2021.

Yesterday marked day one of the teacher (and school staff) vaccination rollout, after many months of demanding that teachers be prioritised. The Department is said to be satisfied with day one.

The South African Health Department says that 300 000 vaccine doses have arrived in the country for teachers. Unions say that 75% of teachers in the country are willing to take the vaccine. 

The Health Department has now said that Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which will be used for teachers, will arrive on Friday. There has been no set date announced for when these vaccinations will begin but there are some predictions.

Teachers have finally received some response to the many calls for their vaccinations to be priortised. However, no date has been set for when these vaccinations will take place.

There has been a decline in the number of matriculants who write and pass mathematics in South Africa, particularly in schools across the country. Individuals in the education sector are now taking the initiative to find solutions to the issue. 

The ANC along with Parents for Equal Education SA are planning to take the Western Cape Education Department to court to make them address the issue of unplaced learners in Western Cape. The school year is currently in the middle of it's second term.

A feeding scheme at a school in Mamelodi has recently been blamed for the alleged food poisoning of over 100 children who fell sick allegedly after eating food provided by the feeding scheme.

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union, what we know as SADTU, wants teachers to be prioritised in the vaccine rollout. 

If you want to study next year, you need to start by applying. The key is to find out the 2022 institution application dates. Applying for tertiary studies can be challenging to find out the details you need. From finding out the application dates so that you can start collecting all of the documents required. Application dates may vary and/or change due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Most colleges are opening up for 2022 applications during the month of May. 

The school rotational system seemed like the good idea at the begin of the pandemic but, schools have found the new system to be failing. Learners are facing long-term learning and development issues because of the on and off rotational system.