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The mass shift to online schooling during the Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately disadvantaged poorer children, who had a much smaller chance of accessing online education compared to children from wealthier households.


Homeschooling in South Africa has undergone tremendous change, with the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating trends by months, rather than years.

 


South Africa will celebrate 28 years of democracy as we recognise Freedom Day on 27 April. Over the last few decades, our country has come a long way. Literacy rates have increased from 82.4% to 95%, according to data from UNESCO. In 1994, 58% of public-school learners in Grade 12 passed matric, while in 2021 that figure was 76.4%.


At some or other point during their child's education, most parents will experience the frustration of feeling that their child is just a 'face in the crowd' at school; whether it's because they are being left behind while the class moves on, because they are alone out front and losing interest, or because their strengths and interests simply do not align with the 'expected norms'.  


Scientific research over the past 30 years has shown that the most important period of human development is from birth to eight years old. In the first few years of a child's life, more than one million neural connections are formed each second – a pace that will never be repeated.


Curro, the JSE listed independent school group, is proud to announce the promotion of Natasha Mkhize as its new Executive: Strategic Relations. Mkhize takes on the role after being the Group's Brand Manager for a period of three years.


ADvTECH, South Africa’s leading private education provider, says it supports government’s intentions to create the conditions to regulate and quality assure the establishment and maintenance of online schools in South Africa, and looks forward to working with relevant authorities to ensure measures introduced will lead to an improved and quality educational experience for all online students.


Network provider, MTN has launched a new online school for learners across South Africa. The launch of the online school was announced on Thursday as part of a collaboration between MTN and the Department of Basic Education.


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.


It is devastating to think that over 140 schools in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng were vandalised during the unrest and looting that took place some weeks ago in areas of the two provinces.


Primary school learners will soon be able to attend physical classes daily, bringing an end to the rotational timetable system. 


Following a meeting to discuss the future of school sports, the Department of Basic Education has made a decision.


The Western Cape Education Department is working on a plan to finalise school placements for unplaced learners. 


The Department of Basic Education has extended contracts for teaching assistants. This extension applies to teaching assistants based in the Free State. 


The Western Cape Department of Education has decided to extend applications for the 2022 school year. 


School sports are allowed to make a comeback under the new level 1 restrictions. The Department of Basic Education has given a breakdown, explaining how these sports will take place. 


More than 300 000 jobs have been successfully created through the Basic Education Presidential Youth Employment Stimulus.

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