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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. 


The Minister of Basic Education (DBE) Angie Motshekga shares her frustrations as the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to close-down school continuity. Motshekga spoke on her provincial monitoring visits for vaccine-rollout programme at schools aimed to vaccinate teachers countrywide.


Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has called for investigations to take place into the violence and ill-discipline at Gauteng schools. This comes after violent acts of learners at school were spreading on social media. 


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.


Minister Motshekga's husband, Dr Mathole Motshekga has been accused of allegedly being involved in the production of sanitisers for schools. These claims against Dr Motshekga were made on social media and the department has come to his defence, calling the claims "totally malicious". 


The education sector is trying to make up for the gap left by teachers with comorbidities. In July, more than 3500 teachers above 60 in Gauteng alone did not report to work because they felt unable to teach. 


School governing bodies say the president's speech is not the law. Now communities are torn about whether to close public schools or keep them open


The South African Human Rights Commission has spoken out against the government's decision to close schools for some grades.


The Basic Education sector has received criticism from opposition parties. This comes after Minister Motshekga announced a budget cut.


Minister Motshekga has announced that the Basic Education budget has been cut by billions. This is in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. 


The Department of Basic Education has spoken out following fake claims posted on social media. It has also come to the defence of Minister Motshekga who has come under fire since announcing the reopening of schools. 


The Gauteng Command Council has given an update about the progress that schools have been making in the province. This includes updates on school attendance and Covid-19 cases that have been recorded on school premises.


The Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (FEDSAS) has decided to take a stance on the return of learners. This follows the multiple requests that unions have been making for schools to close.


The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has spoken out in support of the Department of Basic Education's decision to continue with the school year.


The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has suggested that schools should close until a later period. 


The Basic Education Department has responded to an open letter calling for the school year to end. The open letter was written by Professor Jonathan Jansen. 


The Basic Education Department has given parents the option to homeschool children if they do not want them to go back to school. The Department has provided steps explaining how parents can do this. 


After reopening schools for learners in grades R, 6, 7, 11 and 12, the department has announced new dates for when learners in other grades will return. These learners could be returning to class as late as August. 


Many learners with special needs will return to school on 6 July. The Department of Basic Education has released guidelines that schools catering to these learners need to follow. 


The second phase of the reopening of schools will take place in less than 10 days. The Minister of Basic Education has explained how the second phase will take place. 


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