More challanges for the Department of Education.
The basic education is one of the hardest hit department this year, by either Covid-19 and other underlying issues. Since the beginning of this year’s academic calendar there’s been a surge in school deaths from different cases more especially the Gauteng Province with roughly 12 pupils lost in a space of 2 months before school closed due to the Covid-19 Lockdown.
With the disruption of the academic year due to Covid-19, learners verted to home schooling and using online resources to meet the pace set of the year. However all grades are back to school now, in different arrangement depending on the school’s capabilities. Meanwhile not all school learners are back in class and not all teachers are back in class. More than 22 000 teachers remain at home as they have applied to work from home due to some comorbidities.
As schools are trying to catch up, with loads of outstanding school work,the work force has been reduced massively. This has left more teachers with heavy work load on their hands. Teachers have voiced out the short staff challenge.
Minister of Basic Education Angie Mothsekga said the department had no new budget. She has however said the National Treasury was approached, to assist.
New examination plan
Grade 12 class will write their examinations from the 5th of November to the 15th of December, results will be released on the 23rd of February.