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Every 5 years, South Africa holds nationwide Municipal Elections, and on the 1st of November 2021, the time will come once again for registered South African voters to have their say. This time, however, the ever-looming threat of COVID-19 presents an obstacle in the procession of these elections, mainly with regards to parties’ responses to the pandemic, how this may affect the votes, and how the elections will be held amid the pandemic.

 


The Independent Examinations Board has released its National Senior Certificate Examination timetable for 2021. IEB Schools will not be writing exams on 1 November 2021 due to the local government elections being held. 


The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the South African economy, and with that, the education sector has been terribly hit by the unfortunate effects of the virus as well. The private school sector with regards to primary school, high school, and tertiary institutions has also felt these effects which, in turn, has put to question the sustainability of private schooling institutions.


With the Covid-19 pandemic still rampant in 2021, both public and private High Schools have had to adapt their Matric curriculum programme in order to make up for time lost during the epidemic, with some IEB schools having to alter their teaching methods as a result.


Without in-person orientation programmes and on-campus lectures to aid first-year university entrants in their transition out of high school, some students have found it increasingly difficult to make new friends, remain academically motivated, and completely immerse themselves in the university lifestyle in 2021; whilst those who have had on-campus learning have complained of many other issues, including a lack of support from their institutions.

 


When the pandemic begun, students had to shift their lives from face to face lectures to remote learning. Challenges like, internet connection, time management and your family constantly distracting you are some of the things students are currently struggling with but, the biggest challenge has been mental health.


The Easter weekend is days away and Government has had to make some changes to the lockdown restrictions, which includes an alcohol ban. Fears of a third wave are now emerging.


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Covid-19 and lockdowns forever changed the way the world will do business, and accelerated the move of many companies towards conducting their business online, remotely and by incorporating new systems and processes into their operations.


International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor urges South Africans to be alert and take caution when travelling internationally over this festive season as countries overseas are entering the second wave of the pandemic and lockdowns may ensue. 


All students in South Africa as well as the world had the opportunity to share in the feelings of chaos the 2020 academic year presented. Which forms of support has the Department provided for varsity students to complete the academic year?


Covid-19 infections in South Africa are still steadily rising and its citizens are advised to keep adhering to prevention protocols, such as wearing a face mask in public spaces, washing of hands regularly and social distancing, to mitigate the spread of the virus and avoid another hard lockdown. 


Yesterday was the first day of Final exams for Matrics after a very strange year. The 2020 academic year was full of surprises for everyone and Matrics have had to adjust quickly to it all. So how did the exams go while we're in this pandemic?


Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, told the public that right now, she is not too worried about the Matric pass rate. Matrics started their final exams yesterday after having a bump filled 2020 academic year. Although students are stressed, they are excited as well. 


The Western Cape Education Department was left out when it came to being notified about the latest Matric exam changes. WCED will now hold further engagements with the Department but has also made decisions on how they will operate.


The Department of Basic Education has previously been concerned when it comes to the enrolment and pass rates in gateway subjects. Now that the time has come for learners to embark on their Final Matric exams, Government will be focussing on how Matrics perform in these subjects closely.


A group of students at one of the University of Kwazulu-Natal's student residences have tested positive for the coronavirus. The University is now urging staff and students to stay as vigilant and as safe as possible.


The Department of Basic Education announced that they have decided to allow Matrics who test positive for the coronavirus to partake in the 2020 final Matric exams. Matrics officially start writing their National Senior Certificate today and will end on 15 December.


Today is officially the first day of the 2020 Matric final exams and we all wish them good luck! This year will see 1 058 699 individuals sit down to write which is said to be the highest recorded number of candidates writing exams in SA history.


We all used to use a term about 20 -20 vision, seeing with perfect clarity. There is no person who could have foreseen what 2020 would bring to our world, nor could have anticipated the havoc that would reign through our world and the changes that would need to be made. Having always been leaders in adapting to the needs of the student and corporate and industry, Boston City Campus moved seamlessly into a complete digital educational offering for students including application, registration, academic material and even examinations.

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