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Reginah Mhaule


The outbreaks of violence continues in Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng with some areas being in complete chaos. Now, we're even seeing schools falling victim to looting activities.


Government, unions and the public are shifting their focus to teachers being vaccinated with more vaccination sites opening soon for teachers. Government is said to have secured thousands of vaccine doses for teachers.


The Department of Basic Education is now calling for teachers over 60 to go and register to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. The country is currently in Phase 2 of it's vaccine rollout to protect against Covid-19.


With government announcing that all primary schools will return to school in the third term and the country experiencing the third wave, one would then wonder if a full-capacity return would be safe. The third term is set to commence on 26 July.


Teachers Assistants in the Free State have had their prayers answered now that their contracts have been extended. As part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme, 300 000 youth across South Africa were hired to be school assistants.


If you participated in the School Assistants programme, Youth Capital wants to hear from you. Your voice and opinions are important and can help those who design and implement these programmes make them more relevant.

 


Remember the 300 000 school assistants who were hired? Sadly, their contracts will soon come to an end. School staff are now worried about what will happen without these assistants there to help them with many hoping for contracts to be renewed.


The Western Cape Education MEC, Debbie Scafer says the provincial department is very pleased with the results achieved by the 2020 matrics. The province placed third in the country for their overall pass rate. 


Education unions, Naptosa and SADTU have said that they are pleased with the 2020 matric results despite the drop in the pass rate, which was expected due to the effects of Covid-19 on teaching and learning. 


Minister Angie Motshekga announced the Class of 2020's Matric pass rate which, just as expected, was lower that last year's. The results are however still something to be proud of when looking at the impact of Covid-19 on the school year.


Let's get this 2021 school year rolling! Today officially marked the first day learners are at public schools. This comes after the reopening dates were delayed due to the pandemic.


Many parents are coming forward and saying that they are having issues with school placements due to needing to pay a registration fee. The department has now responded to this issue. 


Following multiple reports of the Department missing out on payments to General and Education Assistants, the Department of Basic Education has now responded. The hiring of school assistants forms part of the Basic Education Employment Initiative.


Some private schools around South Africa have reopened today, declaring readiness in terms of health and safety protocols for both teachers and students. 


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


The Department of Basic Education's decision to delay the reopening of schools has received mixed reactions. The South African Human Rights Commission is on the side opposing the delay and believes that schools are not playing a major role in spreading Covid.


The Department of Basic Education recruited around 300 000 South African youths as education assistants. Now, many have said that they still haven't received payment. Various questions are now being raised when it comes to this initiative.


2020's curriculum was affected which in turn would affect 2021's curriculum and this seems to be a concern for many. Now, a close eye will be kept on whether the department can deliver when it comes to this year''s school curriculum.


With the department announcing earlier that they will be opening online schools, Deputy Minister Reginah Mhaule reiterated that they are working hard to improve on e-learning. 


The Department of Basic Education (DBE) will now hold consultations on the openings of the 2021 school year as we still experience this pandemic. They will be monitoring schools to check whether they are ready to reopen and to also ensure that it can be done safely.

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