MEC Polly Boshielo blames teachers and taverns for poor matric results

Laziness among teachers, proximity to taverns, and inactive governing bodies are to blame for the poor matric outcomes in some Limpopo schools, Education MEC Polly Boshielo has said. Boshielo expressed her disappointment at the seven schools that obtained 0% pass rates among the 18 nationwide, in the 2020 national certificate exams. Last year the province […]

KwaZulu-Natal lost 253 teachers to Covid-19

KZN lost 253 teachers to Covid-19, the KZN MEC Kwazi Mshengu said during the release of the province’s results on Tuesday morning. Mshengu said he presented the results with a heavy heart, having lost 253 teachers and 38 non-teaching staff due to Covid-19 related illnesses. “The 2020 NSC results are dedicated to our frontline soldiers […]

1 169 teachers and 19 pupils succumbed to COVID-19 since March 2020

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, South Africa’s public schools have lost 1,169 teachers to the virus, while eight out of nine provinces have lost 19 pupils. This was announced by the Department of Basic Education on Sunday during a presentation on the readiness for reopening of schools on Monday, 15 February. Data on […]

Western Cape loses 104 teachers to Covid-19, majority infected in December

The Western Cape Education Department said 104 teachers in the province had succumbed to COVID-19-related complications since the start of the pandemic. Pupils were preparing to return to school on Monday, after delays due to a spike in coronavirus infections. Despite a tumultuous 2020 academic year, the education department said it was ready to welcome […]

34 Gauteng teachers succumbed to Covid-19-related illnesses

Thirty-four teachers in Gauteng have succumbed to Covid-19 related illnesses. The province is in the process of making temporary appointments to fill the vacancies. Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said they will be welcoming almost 4,000 new teacher assistants to provide additional administrative support to teachers. Lesufi claimed they had concluded the delivery of PPE, learning, […]

NW flash floods delay return to school for some teachers

Some teachers in the North West have not been able to report for duty this week due to flash floods. The provincial Education Department said that some schools especially in the greater Taung area were inaccessible due to heavy rains. Public school teachers around the country returned to school this week to prepare for the […]

Education Dept still working on solutions as unpaid teachers wait in limbo

The Department of Basic Education has reiterated its commitment to finding a solution as thousands of general and education assistants remain in limbo and disillusioned by the delays in payments. More than 300,000 general and education assistants were recruited nationally to work in schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The basic education sector was set […]

World Teacher’s Day: Minister Motshekga says teachers are our national treasures

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Monday said described teachers as national treasures. Motshekga celebrated World Teacher’s Day at the Mamelodi Teachers’ Centre in Pretoria. This year, the Department of Basic Education’s theme for the occasion is: ‘Teachers: Leading in crisis, re-imagining the future’. Motshekga paid tribute to teachers and school staff who died from […]

#VaalHighMustFall – Male teachers s.e.xually harassing female students at Vaal High School

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi was on Thursday expected to rush to Vaal High School after allegations surfaced that some teachers were compelling pupils into s.e.xual relations with them. Lesufi intends to question the school management and pupils and then make a decision regarding the matter. Speaking on Radio 702, Lesufi said the matter was […]

Teachers to return to classroom today, some raise COVID-19 safety concerns

Teacher unions said that while their members were ready to head back to the classroom on Monday, educators concerned about their safety said that they would push back if the risk of infection increased. The Basic Education Department instructed all teachers granted concessions to work from home during the nationwide lockdown to report back to […]