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The Department of Basic Education suspended all extracurricular activities in May as an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19. Following the drop in Covid-19 infections and the country having moved to alert level 1, changes have now been made. 


The Basic Education Department has partnered with MTN to launch a free online school portal to address the learning needs of children in South Africa in the 21st Century.


Violence against teachers has become a cause for concern in the Western Cape, as more pupils have been reported for attacking teachers on school premises. The spokesperson for the provincial department of education discusses how they have been addressing this issue. 


The Gauteng Education Department began their school placements on Friday 15 October. According to Gauteng Education spokesperson Steve Mabona, parents have been confirming that they have received school placement offers for their children.


A community in Gqeberha has taken it upon itself to revive and repurpose an abandoned school as part of its initiative to foster a positive youth environment. The aim is to also do away with rampant criminal activity in the area. 

 


During the media briefing on the developments in the Basic Education sector, Minister Angie Motshekga gave an update on the department's progress concerning school infrastructure.


The Basic Education Minister addressed the media on Friday afternoon where she gave an update on the Basic Education Employment Initiative. This initiative sees thousands of youth being hired to fill school assistant job vacancies.


The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, is expected to take to the stand tomorrow to provide the country with an update on schooling while we battle a pandemic. We are also under a month away from Matric final exams.


As cases of bullying and child abuse have become more apparent in South African schools, a new app has been launched in an effort to tackle these issues.


Parents in Gauteng have a limited amount of time to submit their online Grade 1 and Grade 8 applications for 2022. This marks phase 2 of the online admissions process. 


Since the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, education progress worldwide has been disrupted. The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) wants things to get back on track. 


A grade 6 teacher was fatally shot at a school in Philippi, Cape Town on Tuesday. It is believed that the incident is related to a troublesome pupil who had been sent to the principal's office by the teacher.  


NAPTOSA voiced their views on the recent research report by the Stellenbosch University’s Research on Socioeconomic Policy Group on the flow of learners through schools.


The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has come out to distance themselves from a recent social media post for teaching assistants. The department said the advert is fake and further developments about teaching assistants would be communicated through relevant platforms.


Concerns have been raised regarding the psychological impact of school closures on learners due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Education psychologist Jessie-Anne Bird believes that it is important for parents to be mindful of the extent of this issue.

 


The mother of a 17-year-old pupil who was reportedly stabbed on Wednesday, 8 September 2021 by a group of learners, has accused the school of having ignored threats that were made by her son’s attackers. 


For 10 years learners at Finetown Secondary School have had to deal with learning in an environment that is not ideal, as the classrooms are quite small and require many repairs. Now learners have to deal with additional challenges that have been introduced through rotational learning which was brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Shocking revelations have come to light about a 15-year-old Alexandra school pupil who stabbed another learner to death on school grounds on Monday. This has shed a spotlight on safety within schools and what must be done about violence in schools. 


Gauteng Department of Education has announced that the online applications for 2022 is now open and will close soon. This year's applications for Gauteng school admissions will be done in phases.


The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education, and the Select Committee on Education, Technology, Sports, Arts and Culture are now calling for the arrest of perpetrators who burn schools. 

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