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The Basic Education Department is forging ahead with a programme that seeks to enhance creativity and instill independence and entrepreneurship among young people.

In an effort to encourage young children to read in their mother tongue, the South African Post Office and non-profit organisation, Nal’ibali have partnered on a project which encourages children to do just that.

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.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has faced difficult moments under the Covid-19 pandemic period. The disruptions throughout the different lockdown levels resulted in only a few grades being prioritised, leading to a higher dropout rate than in previous years. 

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 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.