Thembela Madulube

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C.1.2 is a new variant of Covid-19 that is circulating in South Africa. This is according to new research published this week.


 Department of Basic Education is giving another chance to rewrite the National Senior Certificate (NSC) to candidates who did not do well in the May/June supplementary examinations. The NSC candidates, according to the department, may sign up now to write the November 2021 examination.


Poor performance in maths and science continues to be worrying in South Africa. The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) shows that poor performance in these fields affects many school children and the future of the country.


 The Department of Basic Education and the Department of Social Development told the Joint Portfolio Committee of both departments that the shift function of Early Childhood Development (ECD) will be implemented on 1 April 2022. This follows the announcement made by the president Cyril Ramaphosa in the 2019 State Of the Nation Address that the function would migrate from the Department of Social Development to its Education counterpart.


 The Covid-19 Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) has been extended for employees who continue to be affected by shortened working hours but do not work in the specified sectors that qualify for the 16 March 2021 to 25 July 2021 to claim Reduced Work Time Benefits.


Relief applications for workers in provinces that were affected by unrest have been opened. The Unemployment Insurance Fund will start accepting applications for the Workers Affected by Unrest (WABU): Temporary Financial Relief Scheme from 25 August 2021. 


The results for the June/July special exams have been released by the department of Basic Education.   The May/June examinations are special exams offering an opportunity for adults who do not have their matric certificate, candidates who passed the 2020 November examinations but who want to improve upon their results and those who did not pass their final matric examinations in the previous year, to obtain their matric certificate


The unemployment rate has reached its highest number since 2008. According to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS), the unemployment in South Africa has reached 34.4% on the second three months of 2021.

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