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African educators see Covid-19 as 'an opportunity' - survey
African educators see Covid-19 as 'an opportunity' - surveyArticle

eLearning Africa and EdTech Hub released the results of its survey, 'The Effect of the Covid-19 Pandemic on African Education' today. It revealed that 50% of surveyed African teachers, trainers and education technology specialists think the Covid-19 pandemic will turn out to be a "significant" or "very significant" opportunity for African education...

16 Sep 2020

Universities to extend 2020 academic year
Universities to extend 2020 academic yearArticle

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says to ensure that matriculants are not compromised by the late release of the Grade 12 results, Universities South Africa has agreed to extend the academic year to the end of February 2021...

3 Sep 2020

Covid-19 exposes deepening divide between public and private schools
Covid-19 exposes deepening divide between public and private schoolsArticle

Around the country, public school pupils are now returning to schools, following President Cyril Ramaphosa's July announcement that all public schools would be closed for a period of four weeks...

27 Aug 2020

Crucial new factors to consider before choosing a tertiary institution
Crucial new factors to consider before choosing a tertiary institutionArticle

Covid-19 and global lockdowns will have an enduring impact on how prospective students will make decisions about higher education options in future, an education expert says...

26 Aug 2020

Paediatricians advocate the reopening of schools
Paediatricians advocate the reopening of schoolsArticle

As schools welcomed only Grade 12 learners back this week, the Paediatrician Management Group (PMG) and the South African Paediatric Association (SAPA) together urge government to open schools to all learners and not to allow fear or politics to harm the children of South Africa...

6 Aug 2020

Lockdown highlights need for holistic approach to educating SA's township youth
Lockdown highlights need for holistic approach to educating SA's township youthArticle

"The last four months have thrown open the playbook on how we should be addressing the educational challenges facing [orphaned and vulnerable] learners and students in our townships," says James Donald, CEO for the Tomorrow Trust, a non-profit organisation (NPO) with 15 years' experience in educating under-resourced youth...

3 Aug 2020

Department releases revised school calendar
Department releases revised school calendarArticle

The Department of Basic Education has released a revised school calendar for the 2020 academic year...

3 Aug 2020

Lessons in lockdown learning: How schools are now better equipped to cope
Lessons in lockdown learning: How schools are now better equipped to copeArticle

After reopening briefly, public schools across the country have had to face the reality of shutting down again for four weeks from 27 July as the Covid-19 pandemic escalates...

Edwell Gumbo 29 Jul 2020

How edtech will prepare students for a competitive, globalised world
How edtech will prepare students for a competitive, globalised worldArticle

Along with so many elements of life today, the coronavirus pandemic is dramatically altering the global education landscape. As lockdown restrictions are eased, the use of online learning portals and virtual classrooms will continue to play a critical role in education at every level - and will arguably become a core component of global education in the very near future...

Robert Speed 28 Jul 2020

UCT to finish 2020 academic year through remote teaching
UCT to finish 2020 academic year through remote teachingArticle

In consultation with faculties and with student representatives, the University of Cape Town (UCT) executive has decided to finish the 2020 academic year through remote teaching. This decision, which implies a change in the academic calendar, has been approved by Senate and Council...

27 Jul 2020

Public schools to close from Monday as Covid-19 cases rise
Public schools to close from Monday as Covid-19 cases riseArticle

With the country entering the eye of the Covid-19 storm, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the closure of public schools for the next four weeks.

24 Jul 2020

How to help your child adjust to the new 'normal' at school
How to help your child adjust to the new 'normal' at schoolArticle

Living through the coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives in ways that we could not have imagined just a few months ago. We are bombarded with information and realities that have left many of us feeling uncertain, anxious, and fearful of the future...

Cindy Glass 20 Jul 2020

DBE responds to Sadtu's call for school closure
DBE responds to Sadtu's call for school closureArticle

The Basic Education Department has reiterated that any decision on whether schools will be closed or not, will be taken by Cabinet...

15 Jul 2020

Reflections on online learning during the pandemic
Reflections on online learning during the pandemicArticle

The closure of school campuses during the Covid-19 lockdown has fundamentally challenged the manner in which students are taught. Almost overnight, face-to-face teaching in classrooms was replaced with various forms of remote teaching: from worksheets or lectures delivered by WhatsApp or downloadable from websites (often with little interaction with an educator) to classes taught in real-time online, using a variety of technology platforms...

Clare Searle 9 Jul 2020

More grades return to school
More grades return to schoolArticle

Schools across the country will today welcome back Grades R, 6 and 11 learners to school...

6 Jul 2020

Only Grades R, 6, 11 will reopen on 6 July
Only Grades R, 6, 11 will reopen on 6 JulyArticle

Only Grades 6, Grade 11 and Grade R will now be returning to school on 6 July 2020, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) said on Thursday...

3 Jul 2020

Gauteng records 85% attendance on school reopening
Gauteng records 85% attendance on school reopeningArticle

Schools in Gauteng recorded an 85% attendance of learners and educators for the first day of reopening of schools on Monday...

9 Jun 2020

Most schools ready to reopen
Most schools ready to reopenArticle

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, says most of the country's schools are ready to receive learners from Monday morning...

8 Jun 2020

Nzimande to check university state of readiness
Nzimande to check university state of readinessArticle

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, will on Thursday visit Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) to check its state of readiness in preparation for the phased return of students...

Onalenna Mhlongo 4 Jun 2020

Homeschooling - what does it all actually mean?
Homeschooling - what does it all actually mean?Article

It would seem that many parents are still very reluctant to send their children back to school. Especially those with children in public schools who do not particularly believe that all the necessary precautions will be taken, or that their children (given how young they are) will be able to follow what seems like complex Covid-19 protocols...

Yandiswa Xhakaza 3 Jun 2020

Schools to reopen on 8 June
Schools to reopen on 8 JuneArticle

Schools will reopen on 8 June 2020 for grade 7 and 12 learners to allow for the orientation and training of teachers...

1 Jun 2020

DBE Minister assesses readiness for school reopening
DBE Minister assesses readiness for school reopeningArticle

Basic Education Minster Angie Motshekga says while most schools are ready for the reopening of schools to grade 7 and 12 learners - her department will not allow schools to reopen if the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) is not available...

28 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Every challenge presents parallel opportunities
#LockdownLessons: Every challenge presents parallel opportunitiesArticle

Professor Mandla Makhanya, Vice Chancellor of Unisa, shares his experience of the current Covid-19 crisis and how the higher education institution is navigating these unusual times...

Shan Radcliffe 28 May 2020

Schools prepare to reopen
Schools prepare to reopenArticle

Schools across the country are in the process of finalising preparations to receive Grade 7 and 12 learners when schools reopen on 1 June...

26 May 2020

NSFAS students urged to use allowances to buy devices
NSFAS students urged to use allowances to buy devicesArticle

Students receiving aid from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) have been urged to use their learning material allowances to purchase learning devices so they can learn remotely during lockdown...

26 May 2020

Final year students to return to varsity under Level 3, free data
Final year students to return to varsity under Level 3, free dataArticle

Final year students and those graduating in 2020 may return to campus under Level 3 lockdown...

25 May 2020

Emerging from lockdown: Why we need to rethink the future of schools
Emerging from lockdown: Why we need to rethink the future of schoolsArticle

How we step up to the challenges and opportunities presented by the Covid-19 pandemic will be our legacy, says Carole Podetti-Ngono, founder and managing director at Valued Citizens Initiative...

21 May 2020

Schools to reopen on 1 June 2020
Schools to reopen on 1 June 2020Article

Schools will reopen on 1 June 2020 with Grade 7 and Grade 12 learners returning to the classroom, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Tuesday...

20 May 2020

Motshekga to update the nation on schools reopening
Motshekga to update the nation on schools reopeningArticle

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to brief media on Tuesday, on preparations for the re-opening of schools amid the Covid-19 lockdown...

Onalenna Mhlongo 18 May 2020

Basic education postpones briefing on school reopening
Basic education postpones briefing on school reopeningArticle

The Basic Education Department (DBE) has postponed a briefing that was set to outline the phased approach to the reopening of schools amid the Covid-19 lockdown...

14 May 2020

Who should go back to school first?
Who should go back to school first?Article

As South Africa considers reopening schools amid the Covid-19 crisis, a policy brief released by the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University (SU) argues that by allowing the youngest children to go back first, teachers and parents will be at lower risk...

13 May 2020

Basic Education to give an update on school reopening
Basic Education to give an update on school reopeningArticle

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will this week announce the department's preparations with regards to the reopening of schools...

12 May 2020

How to maintain a positive homeschooling environment
How to maintain a positive homeschooling environmentArticle

South African families are going through tremendously challenging times as most continue to stay at home during the country's extended lockdown. While it is not yet clear when schools will start to re-open, thousands upon thousands of learners are working hard to stay on top of their educational journeys, while those parents who can do so are still working from home...

8 May 2020

#KagisoRadioTeachers campaign takes teaching to the airwaves
#KagisoRadioTeachers campaign takes teaching to the airwavesArticle

In an effort to support rural learners without access to television classes, computers or data, Kagiso Trust has partnered with the Limpopo Department of Education to provide radio lessons to Grade 12 learners. The scheduled lessons will commence via Capricorn FM radio from Monday, 11 May 2020...

8 May 2020

Schools must remain closed, DBE emphasises
Schools must remain closed, DBE emphasisesArticle

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) on Thursday warned against the premature re-opening of schools...

7 May 2020

Limpopo court dismisses bid to halt schools re-opening
Limpopo court dismisses bid to halt schools re-openingArticle

The Department of Basic Education has welcomed a judgment by the Limpopo High Court dismissing an application seeking to halt the department's proposed re-opening of schools on 1 June...

6 May 2020

I am a TVET lecturer. Here are suggestions for helping teachers and learners during Covid-19
I am a TVET lecturer. Here are suggestions for helping teachers and learners during Covid-19Article

I am a lecturer at a TVET college and as Covid-19 has interrupted our year, my concern is for our students. Teachers around the world have moved online, posting lessons and material on the various available platforms...

Sean Butler 30 Apr 2020

Pearson offers MyPedia access to learners for free during lockdown
Pearson offers MyPedia access to learners for free during lockdownArticle

As South Africa endures a lengthy and indefinite lockdown, Pearson South Africa continues to keep learning alive with free online education resources. To support Grade 4-12 learners, Pearson has extended this offering by making available an adapted version of its MyPedia learning platform until 31 May 2020...

29 Apr 2020

Alternative approaches to fast-track recovery of school learning
Alternative approaches to fast-track recovery of school learningArticle

Our lives as we know it will never be the same again because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The education system, among other sectors, will be subjected to changes in the provisioning of teaching and learning...

Professor Thidziambi Phendla 29 Apr 2020

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