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School rules have been updated for learners across the country. Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga released a gazette, explaining the new changes. 


Principals at Western Cape schools are concerned about the drop-out rates in the province. This comes after the Department of Basic Education announced that over 114 000 learners could not be accounted for in November 2020.


Now that the country is seeing high increases in cases as we tackle the second Covid wave, parents have started asking questions when it comes to their childrens' schooling. Will the rotational timetable for school attendance remain in place?


The Gauteng Department of Education announced that late online registration admissions are now open for grade 1 and 8 learners. 


This year has been challenging for children as the COVID-19 lockdown has caused many disruptions in schooling actvities and highlighted many adversities children face day to day. 


Two young boys have been rescued from separate illegal initiation camps after a police raid at Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha on Tuesday. 


The Department of Basic Education recently presented the findings of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2019, this shows how South African learners have been faring in comparison to the rest of the world. 


The South African Democratic Teachers Union plans to go to Constitutional Court to challenge the Labour Appeal Court ruling that wage increases could not be increased. 


More than 1 million candidates were registered to write the final matric exams this year. Now that the exams have come to an end, the department is certain that its efforts had a positive impact on learners.

 

 


In a briefing held today, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga discussed the state of readiness for schools ahead of the start of the 2021 school year. 


Iva Global School, the world's first 3D global virtual school will be established In South Africa. This school provides online education in the most unconventional way. 


As the school year comes to an end, many parents are not in the financial position to be able to pay for their children's school fees. Which has made many parents wonder if their children's school reports would be withheld if payments are not made in full.


The Department of Basic Education has released the 2019 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study report and has lead to the Department being concerned when it comes to the pace of improvements in maths and science.


Eastern Cape schools have been lacking infrastructure for years and the lack of funding to improve this has left students in classrooms without roofs and dangerous sanitation facilities. 


The Eastern Cape Education Department has faced some challenges this year but it is still gunning for an 80% pass rate for matric learners in the province. Recently, KwaZulu-Natal also set a pass rate of 80%.

 


This time last year, the Western Cape had 64 465 candidates registered to write the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exam. This year, close to 100 000 candidates have registered to write. 


Time is ticking for the class of 2020, as the final exams draw close. With more than 1 million candidates registered to write, the department has said this is the highest number of candidates it will have to accommodate. 


The countdown is almost over, as learners will start writing their matric exams next week. The Department of Basic Education has spent much time preparing learners and making sure the exams follow Covid-19 protocol. 


The Department has been battling with illegal schools for years, as these schools give learners false hope and fail to register them for exams. The stakes are high this year as learners prepare to write their final exams next week.


Part of Basic Education's budget is being used to bail out South African Airways. The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) is not pleased with the fact that the budget is being used to save State-Owned Enterprises at the expense of schools.

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