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If you lost or damaged your original matric certificate, you must apply for replacement at the Department of Basic Education (DBE) or Provincial Education Department (PED) by completing the Replacement application form.


Contact sports at schools are facing a possible suspension as the Covid-19 cases increase in South Africa. The Department of Basic Education will be discussing measures that can be taken to prevent the suspension 


South Africa is working on creating a new language policy for schools, that will be an advantage to the learners of the country.  Assessment will start being made available in African languages, other than English and Afrikaans until the new language policy is implemented. 


The Western Cape Education Department says that it is implementing a plan to place the learners who are currently registered as unplaced in the province. 


The Teachers Council has launched a handbook for teachers on how to deal with violence at school. Teachers have been facing violence in various forms for years and the Teachers Council is finally acknowledging it. 


Western Cape are still dealing with thousand of learners who have not been placed in schools. The Western Cape Department of education are uncertain on what to do about the situation, while the Legal Resource Centre is working to uncover the reason behind the learner still being unplaced


The Department of Education says over 5,000 learners have still not been placed at schools in the Western Cape. Education department says many of the learners applied late.

By Marecia Damons


The new draft school admissions policy affects learners right to basic education through issues with application processes, appropriate school placements and many other things. Equal Education Researchers are working to create a greater access for basic education and the rights of learners. 


Applications to be enrolled in Western Cape schools close today. The application system opened on 26 February. Applications can be submitted both online and manually.


A state of the art special school has opened in KwaZulu-Natal to assist leaners with physical and learning disabilities. The school is equipped with the best infrastructure and teachers to assist special needs learners and accommodate for their disabilities. 


13 fatalities have occurred at an initiation school in Eastern Cape. Parents and guardians are concerned with how the government will prevent this from happening again in the future.


Parents picket outside the Department of Education’s district office in Gqeberha to demand that a school get a fence, toilets and more staff, among other things. The parents said, “We are here to give the District Director seven days to respond to our memorandum of demands or he will see the wrath of the parents”.

By Mkhuseli Sizani


The Department of Basic Education has announced that late applications for the Second Chance Matric Programme is now open. The Second Chance Matric Programme gives you the opportunity to rewrite your exams should you not have been satisfied with your initial results.


A huge amount of learners seemed to have dropped out of school in Gauteng. With schools now in their second month of schooling, there is also over 200 learners who remain unplaced in schools. The Department aims to clear the backlog this week.


Applications for school admissions in the Western Cape have now been extended. This allows parents and guardians more time to register learners for the 2022 school year.


There have been talks about a possible extension for the teachers assistant program. Teacher are eager for the assistants to remain.


Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has said that government will get rid of all pit toilets in public schools by next year. However, education groups, such as Equal Education, are not convinced.


Infrastructure budget relating to school, scholar transport and roads in North West require a proper budget plan. National Treasury request millions from the departments budget. 


The Grade 12 EMSS learners from across the country received their certificates and top achiever awards on 13 March 2021. Despite an extremely disruptive year, the EMSS Grade 12s showed high levels of resilience and drive by attaining an impressive 84% pass rate, of which 63% attained bachelor passes.


The Department has cut the school transport budget. Frustrated parents have been going to the department of education offices in Mdantsane in the hope of finding places for their children in Buffalo City schools.

By Johnnie Isaac

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