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School infrastructure has been a long-standing challenge for the Education Sector, as education activists have been advocating for changes to better the lives of school learners. The Education Department has announced that it has extended the deadline for submission for amendments affecting school infrastructure. 

 


According to reports, school principals in KwaZulu-Natal have been negatively affected by a letter received from the Education Department. The department has shared that there is good in the decision that it has taken.

 


There have been many debates around the tragic deaths of young children that occurred at an East London-based tavern. Amongst many things, the issue of who should be held accountable has been a burning question. The Education Department has officially weighed in on the matter.

 


Although gender inclusivity in many of the country’s schools is not a commonly discussed topic the basic education sector, a high school in the Western Cape stands out for its implementation of gender-inclusive policies. Here is how their approach to becoming gender-inclusive has shaped the school.


The Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill proposes to amend education acts. According to Basic Education, this is to align the acts with developments in the education landscape and to ensure that systems of learning are put in place. It has been reported that the Basic Education Portfolio Committee has given the public an opportunity to make submissions on the Bill.

 


Amongst the many challenges that South African schools have, the issue of fewer classrooms and overcrowding in schools continues to be a problem across all nine provinces. The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has outlined its interim plan to resolve this issue in one of the schools in the province.

 


The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) allocated funds to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) to cover tuition costs for qualifying TVET college and the public university students. However, the government bursary scheme is now facing a challenge, making it difficult to release funds.

 


The Basic Education Department has recently become a subject of public scrutiny after its ministers propose law amendments that could delay school infrastructure projects. Here's is why two organisations opposed to the idea find this idea concerning. 


Earlier this year, a 15-year-old learner was in the news following an ancestral calling saga at a KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) school. It has now been reported that the learner has taken their life, leading to an intervention from the education department.

 


Following the closing of public schools for the winter holiday on 23 June 2022, a group of teenagers went on to celebrate the end of term and the end of examinations. It is reported that there was a turn of events when 21 teenagers lost their lives at a local tavern. This has sparked discussions in the education sector.

 


The education department recently announced that the wearing of face masks is no longer a requirement for teachers and learners within school premises. This has resulted in teacher unions and education experts having mixed reactions about what this new change will mean for the education sector.

 


Recently, the Health Department repealed at least three Covid-19 regulations. The removal of these regulations has also led to changes in the education sector. 

 


The Department of Basic Education has indicated that majority of the learners at schools in the Eastern Cape who are eligible for the Learner Transport Programme are targeted to be transported.  


A youth-led organisation prides itself in the achievements of one of its programmes that was introduced to primary school learners. Since its initial launch during the lockdown period, the lives of learners have improved. 

 


Online applications for boarding school admissions to Gauteng schools will open when learners return from their winter holidays. If you will be applying for admission to boarding schools, here's what you need to know. 

 


Thousands of young people have benefitted from the government's youth employment initiative since its introduction. However, this might no longer be the case for other young people who have been hopeful to be appointed in the next phases of the teaching assistant initiative.  

 


Recently, the Health Minister recommended for mask wearing to come to an end, following a drop in Covid-19 infections. However, a teachers union has weighed in on what this could mean for schools.


The University of Pretoria (UP) Student Representative Council (SRC) of 2022 has received a number of complaints from students who were previously funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). The Council has now engaged with relevant parties to reach a resolution that will help the affected students.

 


The floods that had swept through parts of the KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, and Northern Cape this year, added to the school infrastructure backlog facing the Department of Basic Education. But with the department receiving a provincial allocation of R17.5 Billion for infrastructure projects, it has set deadlines to resolve this longstanding issue.

 


Northern Cape Education MEC, Zolile Monakali revealed how the province will spend its education budget for the upcoming financial year. This year's theme for education will be geared towards modernisation, growth and success.

 

 


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