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Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga speaking at media briefing

After completing the final matric exams, the class of 2021 can expect to receive their results in January 2022. This follows an announcement made by the Department of Basic Education, revealing when marking will be taking place and the date that the Minister will be announcing the national results.

learners in matric 2020 class sitting in exam room

With the final matric exams less than 3 weeks away, over 700 000 full time candidates are counting down the days until they write the biggest exams of their school career. The Department of Basic Education held a media briefing on Friday to unpack its readiness for the final exams.

A scary situation is developing in Kwa-Zulu Natal in the Department of Basic Education. These challenges could negatively impact learners in the province.

Looming Teacher Shortage

Vuyiseka Mboxela, the Eastern Cape provincial education spokesperson says the number of teacher vacancies reported by the Democratic Alliance (DA) is inflated.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga

South African universities will have to double their current output of qualified teachers to cope with the loss of teachers that will be retiring over the coming decade.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga

The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga has announced that departments will intensify the implementation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in schools around South Africa. She hopes that this will provide young women with empowering information that is age-appropriate.

Closing down schools and having rotational attendance rosters were measures taken for short-term relief against the Covid-19 pandemic. Research by the Basic Education department is now showing that impact in lost teaching and learning will be long lasting - impacting on a generation of learners.

early Childhood center, teacher with her learners.

 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.

Learners in the classroom

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

School children in a classroom

The Department of Basic Education is considering scrapping the October school holidays to make up for lost teaching days due to disruptions to the school calendar. The proposal by the Department of Basic Education comes after consultations with various role players in the education sector. 

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