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Policies on sex education in schools, focus of workshop

The department of basic education (DBE) recently organised a two-day workshop to update and develop their policies on sex education in schools. According to the...

Schools trying to continue ‘as normal’ after sport ban

The department of basic education announced last week that, once again, a ban was to be placed on all school contact sport. This announcement came...

Schools slowly returning to being ‘normal’

One of the first institutions to feel the impact of the national lockdown was schools, which closed in March last year and have been...

Parents threaten to shut down schools over enrollment controversy

Residents in Pefferville are threatening to “shut the gates” of local schools over what they allege is unfair exclusion of their children. Concerned parents, led...

Education department confirms two-week delay in reopening of schools

The basic education department on Friday confirmed that the reopening of schools has been postponed to February 15. “Given the pressure experienced by the health...

Covid command council urges delay to schools opening

Eastern Cape education unions say the national coronavirus command council's recommendation to postpone the reopening of schools to February 15 is the right move, though...

53% of adults want schools closed until Covid-19 situation improves – survey

As the country intensifies its fight against Covid-19‚ a survey conducted by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has revealed that the majority of people...

Schools could turn into Covid-19 ‘super-spreaders’, says teachers’ union

NONKULULEKO NJILO The reopening of schools later this month may lead to a spike in Covid-19 infections, a teachers' union said on Monday as it...

Action plan to assist crime prevention in schools

In order to promote crime prevention in South African schools, the Safer South Africa Foundation (SSAF) recently launched the Youth4SaferSouthAfrica initiative in seven provinces,...

Ramaphosa says varsities, schools & parties drive Covid-19 surge in Eastern Cape

A spike in Covid-19 cases in the Eastern Cape has the country worried, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday night. “The evidence suggests that the...

NGO gets overseas funds to help schools

It’s not a secret that before the outbreak of Covid-19, most Eastern Cape schools were faced with dilapidated or a lack of proper infrastructure. Thankfully,...

Goodrich planning to help more schools

Mandela Day may be over but East London-based tech whizz John Goodrich’s efforts to help Unathi High School continue. As previously reported by the GO!...

Decision to close schools criticised from all sides

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced yet another controversial decision during his address to the nation on Friday July 24. Less than two weeks after the heavily...

Unions ‘confident’ schools will be closed after cabinet meets on Covid-19 risks

The National Teachers Union (Natu) is confident that the cabinet will agree to close schools when it meets soon. Natu and four other teacher unions...

No work, no pay likely should schools close

Teacher unions are pushing back against a move to dock their pay should schools be closed again due to the upsurge of coronavirus cases. This...

Union calls on teachers‚ pupils to picket until Ramaphosa ‘listens’ and closes schools

The Educators Union of SA (Eusa) has called on teachers and pupils to picket from Tuesday to pressure President Cyril Ramaphosa to close schools...

Call to scrap year as some schools not ready

Despite department of basic education minister Angie Motshekga’s announcement on Sunday July 5 that Grade R, 6 and 11 pupils would return to school...

MEC urges unprepared EC schools not to reopen to other grades

The Eastern Cape department of education issued a statement on Sunday evening stating special instructions were sent to unprepared schools across the province not...

Eastern Cape records one of highest Covid-19 infections in schools

Yoliswa Sobuwa Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng are the three provinces which recorded the highest number of positive cases of Covid-19 in schools. This was...

Unions warn against phase two of schools’ reopening

YOLISWA SOBUWA Teachers' unions say the next phase of the reopening of schools for more than six million pupils is a ticking time bomb because...

Covid-19 keeping 200 Eastern Cape schools closed: premier Oscar Mabuyane

There are 200 Eastern Cape schools that remain closed because of the coronavirus pandemic‚ premier Oscar Mabuyane said in Bhisho on Tuesday morning. Mabuyane said...

77-year-old among group arrested for forcefully removing pupils from schools due to Covid-19 fears

Learners and teachers at Olivenhoutbosch Secondary school have stared with teaching and learning, on the first day of schooling after, on June 8...

Emergency water tanks and sanitation for Eastern Cape schools

Water tanks holding thousands of litres of water are being installed in deprived Eastern Cape schools as part of an effort to combat the...

Eastern Cape hospitals‚ clinics‚ schools overwhelmed by Covid-19 ‘storm’

The impact of an approaching coronavirus "storm" is being felt in the Eastern Cape as patients overwhelm some public hospitals‚ clinics close as staff...

Contractors told to rebuild toilet roofs removed from schools amid pay fight

While other provinces grappled with the reopening of schools, the Eastern Cape education MEC was embroiled in a messy legal fight over loos. Pupils of...

Covid-19 closes 20 BCM schools in first week

  Twenty schools in Buffalo City have been forced to close in the first week of the government's ambitious plan to return pupils...

Schools ‘94% ready’, Motshekga tells unions ahead of schools reopening

Basic education minister scheduled to address the nation at 4pm on Sunday Basic education minister Angie Motshekga told teachers' unions and the three major governing...

No more delays as schools set to reopen

After last week's abortive attempt, kids go back tomorrow After almost three months, most grade 7 and 12 pupils will finally head back to school...

Re-opening of schools delayed until June 8

The implemention of Level 3 on Monday June 1 was meant to symbolise the beginning of a return to normalcy. Part of this return was...

800 support staff needed urgently to keep Eastern Cape schools clean

These recruits, employed as support staff, will be contracted for three months to help sanitise pupils and also make sure physical distancing rules are...

‘Schools won’t be ready on June 1′, say teachers’ unions

KGAUGELO MASWENENG A survey by unions representing education professionals has found that the country is not ready to resume teaching on June 1. The information was...

I can’t guarantee that nobody will die: Angie Motshekga on reopening schools

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga has told the country that she “cannot guarantee” that every single pupil will be safe from contracting Covid-19 when...

Schools might reopen in June except those in ‘hot spots’

Education officials say virus hot spots still too risky for kids More than 5,000 schools in Covid-19 hot spots across SA, including 929 private schools,...

Provinces ‘need more time’ on the reopening of schools, verdict due after Monday

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga is expected to convene a meeting to consider the progress made towards reopening schools across the country. Department spokesperson Elijah...

Only Gauteng and Western Cape ready to reopen schools

Gauteng and the Western Cape are the only two provinces that are ready to reopen schools. This is what the MECs of education from the...

‘Recipe for disaster’: Parents and teachers ask Motshekga not to reopen schools

An invitation by the basic education department to the public to send through the most important questions they would like to ask minister Angie...

Sadtu calls for strict health protocols before schools re-open

By PREGA GOVENDER The SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has called on the departments of basic eduction and higher education to provide temperature scanners to...

Sudden closure leaves schools in the lurch

In a move that was equal parts shocking and inevitable, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of disaster on Sunday in response to the...

Saha hosts initiative to promote the sport at local schools

A special workshop on modified hockey presented by the South African Hockey Association (Saha) in Breidbach over the weekend was well-received by all involved. Saha...

IN QUOTES | How schools and the tourism and the health departments are dealing...

The spread of coronavirus in SA is being felt by various sectors of government, which on Monday held press briefings regarding the effects of...

Greenpoint wins 2020 inter-schools debate challenge

Pupils argue mother-tongue teaching theme Schools from around East London participated in the fourth annual Inter- Schools Debating Competition at Buffalo City Tvet College last...

Donation to help develop hockey at local schools

There was much excitement to be had at Breidbach Primary on Friday morning after it was identified as one of five local schools to benefit from...

Parents shut down five North West schools

Five schools in the North West were shut down and learners were sent home on Monday, after the provincial government failed to address concerns...

Sundale partners with Hope Schools

Sundale Dairy recently partnered with Hope Schools to provide a regular supply of dairy products to pupils, as well as educational material and factory...

Sassa issues fake news warning as schools reopen

The Eastern Cape’s 5,400 schools reopened to 1.7 million pupils on Wednesday as the first term of the new decade began. But no start of...

Hope Schools celebrates milestone

It was a day of great blessings and jubilation on Tuesday as Hope Schools celebrated their 14th Founders Day while also showing off some...

Schools’ blanket ‘no refund’ policy is illegal

Deposits or enrolment fees paid to private schools can't be non-refundable: Ombud Is it legal for private schools to force prospective parents to pay a...

Equal Education to march for safer schools in the Cape

Equal Education (EE) members planned to march to the provincial legislature in Cape Town on Friday, despite heavy rains, to deliver a list of...

Shaky start for matric exams as load-shedding hits schools

The basic education department has not yet determined the impact of stage 2 load-shedding at schools across the country. The rotational power cuts came as...

We’re overworked and underpaid, say nurses at special schools in Gauteng

Overworked, undermined and underpaid - this is how nurses working at special schools in Gauteng feel. The nurses are employed by the provincial education department...