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As schools reopen on Monday, some learners remain without placements. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the department continues to struggle finding schools with enough space for learners. 

With the new year now in progress, the Department of Basic Education has released the official school calendar for 2021. 

matric learner

The Department of Basic Education could be faced with a record number of dropouts as some matric learners who enrolled at the beginning of the year did not complete the school year. 

Schools are expected to open on the 27th of January, but there are fears that the Department of Basic Education has not done enough to prepare schools.  

Basic Education Director-General, Mathanzima Mweli held a media briefing today to discuss the progress that the department has been making with the marking of exams. Marking is taking place at 177 exam centres across the country, with all marking centres chasing the deadline of 22 January 2021. 

The marking of matric exam papers kicked off on Monday. More than 4 million scripts will be marked before 22 January 2021. 

Schools

On Tuesday the Gauteng Department of Education announced that the late online registration admissions for Grade 1 and 8 learners were open.

Motshekga

Three parties have decide to take the Department of Basic Education to court to have the decision, that all learners should rewrite the Mathematics paper 2 and Physical Sciences paper 2, overturned.

Maths and science

On Tuesday, the Department of Basic Education released the 2019 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study report. The TIMSS report has shown concern about the country being below the global average in maths and science. However, learners are continuning to improve in these subjects.

Motshekga

Since the announcement that all matriculants will re-write Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2, COSAS has expressed their intention to take the Basic Education Department to court.

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