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The Department of Basic Education has set its sights on combating the prevalence of teen pregnancies in schools across the country. It plans to achieve this by introducing a number of programs targeted at Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) and bolstering those that are already in place.

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The Telkom Foundation Study has found that the Covid-19 pandemic has further worsened the challenges that South African learners have faced with regards to Maths and Science subjects.  

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.

The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga raised concerns over the negative impact Covid-19 will have on the future and the progress of education.

The Department of Basic Education together with the provincial education departments have made great progress in efforts to replace pit latrines at schools with appropriate sanitation facilities through the SAFE initiative. 

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.

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.

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. 

According to teacher's union Naptosa, more than 30 schools in KwaZulu-Natal have been vandalized. Sadtu says that this damage could worsen the overcrowding experienced at schools. 

Recently another school has been destroyed and others vandalized and looted, which compromises the education of many children. These events have left NAPTOSA feeling sickened.


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. 

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has called for investigations to take place into the violence and ill-discipline at Gauteng schools. This comes after violent acts of learners at school were spreading on social media. 

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 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.

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

Schools are battling to accommodate children. Parents at Laerskool Piet Hugo say the Limpopo education department has provided mobile classrooms but not the teachers to use them. 

By Bernard Chiguvare