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The Congress of South African Students (COSAS) has threatened to shutdown private schools. This comes as the reopening of public schools was postponed by the Department of Basic Education.

Improving the knowledge and skills of South Africa’s teachers is an important part of strengthening our education system. Research has shown that our teachers’ skill levels are poor, and teachers are required by law to participate in professional development practices, such as attending workshops and courses that keep them up to date with current practice.

The Department of Basic Education is not exactly at peace with the recent judgement to set aside the rewrite of 2 matric exam papers. 

 Schools in Gauteng have been facing some challenges since applications opened for grade 1 and grade 8 school admissions. The online application process for 2021 has made it difficult for the department to place all learners. 

Minister Blade Nzimande has proposed a new fee agreement with public universities. He hopes the policy framework will help regulate university fees. 

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. 

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.

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