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Education, best described as the process of imparting or receiving knowledge, is one of the highest priorities on the global agenda. Across the world, governments and organised groups are working to eradicate illiteracy in order to emancipate impoverished people groups. Education can take place in formal and informal settings, however, schools and learning institutions are the primary mediums through which people receive an education in modern society. Reading and writing are the foundations of formal education. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela.

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Nearly 2 weeks have gone by since the start of matric exams. Recently, the Department of Basic Education has been dealing with the leak of a maths paper and the minister has addressed the issue. 

Government has released a proposed calendar for 2022. The 2020 school year has been a tough year for many schools and plans are now in motion to get back lost teaching time in the next 3 years. 

The Western Cape Education Department will be hiring 20 000 Education Assistants and General Assistants to work at schools over the next few months.

There have been some delays with finalising an audit for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). This delay has raised concerns with the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education.

The Department of Basic Education has given details about how schools can best handle Covid-19 cases at exam centres. 

After allowing Covid-19 positive learners to write, the Department of Basic Education has released protocols for schools to follow when dealing with Covid-19 cases during the exam period.

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