Reginah Mhaule

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.