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A Randfontein school had a rough start to the 2022 school year after a series of events led to violent fights on the school premises. The Gauteng Department of Education has confirmed that it has received a report on the incidents that took place at the school.


The recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal have disrupted learning as schools have been swept by torrential rain. With the education sector already struggling to make up for lost teaching time, an expert has proposed an alternative.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) opened its online admissions system on 14 March 2023. Since then, parents of 120 000 children have already applied for school places.


Many provincial education departments (PED’s) have been making headlines for poor infrastructure and sanitation in schools. A commission is still carrying on with investigations that had started in one provincial education departments.


Infrastructure and sanitation are at the core of issues faced by most South African schools. A local actress is now collaborating with a big brand for the facelift of a school in KwaZulu-Natal.


Racism allegations have surfaced at another school, leading to learners boycotting classes. KZN Education Minister has paid a visit to the school to resolve the matter at hand.


It has been a month since inland schools reopened, but not all learners have been placed. Some parents of unplaced learners have decided to take action, as their children are still at home. 

Learners at E. P. Baumann Primary School had been traumatized when they witnessed a fellow pupil being abducted by 6 men, driving off in a Toyota Yaris. After more than a month of being declared missing, the Gauteng learner has safely returned home.


The financial situation for most parents changed during the lockdown period as workers were either retrenched, worked shorter hours, or experienced salary cuts. School fees are a matter of concern as children are going back to school in a matter of days.


Experts in the education sector are calling on the Education Department to take decisive action as Covid-19 infections continue to rise amid the fourth wave. 

With the country’s low vaccination rate, a vaccine rollout campaign targeted at Gauteng schools has struck up in order to motivate school-goers to get the jab.


The emergence of the Omnicron variant frightened a number of people. Gauteng education has decided to treat this matter with utmost urgency.  

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. 

The Department of Education in the Eastern Cape has become concerned over the rise in Covid-19 cases especially among learners in the province, this comes after 89 schools have confirmed to have registered Covid-19 cases. 

After 60 people tested positive for COVID-19 at Grey College, classes needed to be suspended to ensure the safety of all the other learners and staff.

All primary schools have recently returned to full-time teaching which has caused the DBE to implement new guidelines to allow the safety of learners and staff. However, not all schools have been able to comply with these guidelines.

The Department of Education in the Gauteng Province has announced the dates for online admissions for Grade 1 and Grade 8 for the 2022 school year on Sunday. Read further for more.

SADTU has recently released a statement after monitoring the reopening of schools to see whether schools are ready to reopen and begin with their learning and teaching.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga says that schools are ready to reopen as scheduled on Monday, 26 July depending on confirmation from President Cyril Ramaphosa and that vandalised schools in KwaZulu-Natal have made provisions to ensure their reopening on the same date. 

Teacher's union Naptosa says schools should commence as scheduled on Monday 26 July but that schools in KwaZulu-Natal are unable to reopen as planned due to property damage caused by last week's violence and looting.