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elijah mhlanga


The Department of Basic Education employed more than 300 000 teachers assistants to help teachers across South Africa as they faced the new challenges brought about by Covid-19 pandemic. You may be wondering what their duties are at school, well keep reading to find out. 

 


After speculation came that the October school holidays might be cancelled to make up for lost time, the department saw many objections. Now, the October school holidays remain in place.


With Treasury on board, the Department of Basic Education will have the teacher assistants programme up and running for a second time around. It's said that these assistants will be of major help and assist schools to cope.


When looking at timelines and just how many days learners have not been in school for over the past two years, it's quite obvious that Covid has flipped the schooling sector upside down. Major losses in teaching and learning have now been seen.


The Department of Basic Education has given further insight into why they are considering cancelling the upcoming October school holidays. Unions and parents have come out and spoken against this potential move by the department.


Round two might be coming up for teacher assistants with Minister Motshekga saying the new school regulations could need teacher assistants to be hired again. Primary schools have returned to the traditional daily timetable.


2 August marked the first day we saw primary school learners return to school at full capacity. However, this wasn't the case for all schools in South Africa. Unions are now concerns about overcrowding and the resources available at school for schools to be safe during the pandemic.


From today, primary schools all over the country will be welcoming all learners back full-time. This will however not be happening at every single school in South Africa and here's why.


Primary schools in the country saw an influx of learners this morning as all learners are now back in class at full capacity everyday, abandoning the rather problematic rotational timetable. There have been mixed reactions when it comes to this change.


There has recently been speculation that the Department of Basic Education was threatening teachers who were not getting vaccinated and they were told they would be fired. The Department has now addressed this so keep reading to find out whether this is just another bout of fake news or if it's true.


Learners are four days away from being back in class as the third term kicks off. With many events currently taking place in the country, the Basic Education Minister will be briefing South Africans this weekend on what is happening within the school sector.


The Educators Union of South Africa is calling for teachers to protest for schools to be temporarily closed for the third wave. The department has insisted that schools will stay open, which some are not happy with.


It's the 23rd of June which means that teachers are finally getting what they've been asking for and have started getting their Covid-19 jabs. With ten days marked for the vaccinations, the department hopes to vaccinate near to 600 000 school staff.


With cases growing by over 10 000  every day and with Gauteng already exhausted by the third wave, will schools be closing again? The Congress of South African Students and other stakeholders have called for this to take place with other organisations, such as Equal Education, taking the opposite view.


The Minister of Basic Education has sent some encouragement over to the Matric Class of 2021. Her department has also given some updates when it comes to what's happening in the sector.


Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has said that schools will not be closing while the country experiences a third wave. This has not been responded to well with some calling for schools to be closed immediately.


With the announcement coming that all learners will be going back to schools in full capacity, full-time, Unions and organisations have now reacted to this news. Reactions to this ruling seem to be split as concerns continue for various reasons.


The Department of Basic Education has announced that all learners will be back in the classroom full-time, Monday to Friday, pretty soon. This comes after the department saw a major loss in teaching time due to the pandemic.


As the Department of Basic Education puts forward a proposal to have all primary school learners return to class full-time, the Minister has since agreed that the current rotational system is not practical. A decision on whether this full return will happen is yet to be made.


Covid-19 and the resulting National Lockdown has put an even brighter spotlight on school dropouts as the dropout rate in the country only gets worse. This comes at a time where learners returning to class full-time is being considered.

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