Education MEC

The Basic Education sector has been burdened by a variety of issues due to the Covid-19 pandemic including learning losses, teacher shortages and the poor management of schools. MEC Panyaza Lesufi admits that these are prevalent issues but says that certain measures may have to be taken for solutions.

The Department of Basic Education together with the provincial education departments have made great progress in efforts to replace pit latrines at schools with appropriate sanitation facilities through the SAFE initiative. 

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.

The Western Cape Education MEC issued a statement confirming that district officials are investigating the DF Malan High School homophobia allegations.

Northern Cape is currently experiencing the third wave with schools in the province seeing an increase in cases and 79 having been closed since the beginning of May. With this, the Department of Basic Education announced that all primary school learners will be returning full-time to school pretty soon.

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has said that government will get rid of all pit toilets in public schools by next year. However, education groups, such as Equal Education, are not convinced.

Kwazulu-Natal seems to have a teacher shortage as 4000 teachers need to be replaced and even more might be needed. The province's Matric pass rate has dropped since last year.

Grade 12 pupils were set to return on Monday 3 August, however certain schools in Gauteng have not reopened yet.

Since schools reopened, some parents have been concerned about their children being deregistered. The Education department has now spoken about what will happen to children if parents decide to keep them at home. 


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