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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 private schooling becoming more common in South Africa, and home-schooling becoming more prevalent, especially during the pandemic with parents un-enrolling their students from school, guidance with regards to the transition from a more isolated High School experience to a public university experience has become more essential.

 


Independent Examinations Board National Senior Certificate results for the Class of 2020 are officially out. 2020's pass rate seems to be slightly lower than the previous year's pass rate.


The Congress of South African Students are threatening to close down private schools and have now resorted to protesting outside of a school. 


Originally the Education Department said they hoped independent schools would delay their opening dates for term one, but they couldn't force them. Now the government has released regulations that specify when private schools can open - and those who have opened early will have to close again.


When the president announced a 4 week break for public schools, some organisations were not happy that private schools would remain open. Minister Motshekga now says closing private schools along with public schools would not have been in the best interest of learners.


By Julia Chaskalson, Hopolang Selebalo and Daniel McLaren. Education spending is falling. The Covid-19 budget has slashed it further. Yet schools are essential to the Covid-19 response. South Africa spent R695 less per school learner in 2018 than it did in 2009 if education inflation is taken into account. 


Ceres was one of the Western Cape's coronavirus hotspots. The province's education department has had to answer for a coronavirus outbreak at one of its schools.

 


Eyes have been on Independent schools today as COSAS has followed through on its threat. COSAS is hoping independent schools will buckle under pressure, but ISASA has other plans. 


The Independent Schools Association of South Africa (Isasa) is confident that private schools will be able to manage the COVID-19 regulations due to them being well-equipped.


President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that public schools will have a four week break. However, grade 12 and 7 learners and teachers will have a shorter holiday period than other grades.


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