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The Department of Basic Education employed more than 300 000 teachers assistants to help teachers across South Africa as they faced the new challenges brought about by Covid-19 pandemic. You may be wondering what their duties are at school, well keep reading to find out. 

 


After speculation came that the October school holidays might be cancelled to make up for lost time, the department saw many objections. Now, the October school holidays remain in place.


With Treasury on board, the Department of Basic Education will have the teacher assistants programme up and running for a second time around. It's said that these assistants will be of major help and assist schools to cope.


Major losses have been seen due to the Covid-19 pandemics. Concerns grow day by day when it comes to learners being behind and having missed out on massive chunks of teaching and learning time.


When looking at timelines and just how many days learners have not been in school for over the past two years, it's quite obvious that Covid has flipped the schooling sector upside down. Major losses in teaching and learning have now been seen.


The Department of Basic Education has given further insight into why they are considering cancelling the upcoming October school holidays. Unions and parents have come out and spoken against this potential move by the department.


Schools in the Free State are now battling with infections as more and more learners test positive for Covid-19. The provincial department is now being questioned as far as how they have handled the situation goes.


Round two might be coming up for teacher assistants with Minister Motshekga saying the new school regulations could need teacher assistants to be hired again. Primary schools have returned to the traditional daily timetable.


2 August marked the first day we saw primary school learners return to school at full capacity. However, this wasn't the case for all schools in South Africa. Unions are now concerns about overcrowding and the resources available at school for schools to be safe during the pandemic.


The move to have all learners at school everyday in primary schools across the country has gone smoothly for some but has also revealed issues for others. One solution which is being seen is mobile classrooms.


From today, primary schools all over the country will be welcoming all learners back full-time. This will however not be happening at every single school in South Africa and here's why.


Primary schools in the country saw an influx of learners this morning as all learners are now back in class at full capacity everyday, abandoning the rather problematic rotational timetable. There have been mixed reactions when it comes to this change.


South African Schools appear to be at risk of closure despite reopening on Monday. This comes after the Eastern Cape MEC for Education announced that there would be a closure of all dysfunctional schools as well as the merger of a school into another in Limpopo. 


There has recently been speculation that the Department of Basic Education was threatening teachers who were not getting vaccinated and they were told they would be fired. The Department has now addressed this so keep reading to find out whether this is just another bout of fake news or if it's true.


As schools are set to reopen after the winter break, the developments regarding the vaccination of the education sector show that a small percentage of teachers are still hesitant to receive the jab. 


The teacher vaccination rollout has been completed with Gauteng boasting a 92% vaccination rate for it's school sector. The department aimed to initially vaccinate over 580 000 nationally.


Teacher vaccinations concluded just last week with hundreds of thousands got vaccinated. The rollout is said to have gone down better than expected.


After the previous deadline was extended, today marks the last day for teachers and school staff to get the vaccinations. What about those who couldn't get vaccinated though? Keep reading to find out.


Thousands of teachers were not able to get vaccinated during the education sector's vaccine rollout. Testing positive for Covid was only one of the reasons why this happened. 


The education sector has seen some bumps here and there with it's vaccination rollout but Minister Motshekga has said that there won't be a shortage of doses for the sector. Their goal is to vaccinate 583 000 people by 8 July.

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