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School holidays could be suspended to mitigate Covid-19 impact on education system

School holidays could be suspended to mitigate Covid-19 impact on education system

Motshekga said that she suspects one of the worst-case scenarios would be slowing phasing in critical grades until June, and having the academic year pushed into 2021.

“Maybe we might phase in Grade 12s and Grade 7s first, and then phase in the other grades in until June,” she suggested.

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Budget Speech 2020: Increased spending on education

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What is the budget South Africa will spend on Education in 2020/2021?

  • South Africa will spend R396 Billion

What will the Education budget be used for?

  • In the education sector, investment goes to new schools, replacing schools constructed with inappropriate materials, and providing them with water, electricity and sanitation. 

In 2020/2021, the maths, science and technology grant will introduce coding and robotics to learners in grades R to 3 as announced by the president.

Finance Minister (Tito Mboweni) also said this in his budget speech:

“The Department of Higher Education and Training will reallocate existing funds to undertake a feasibility study for the establishment of a new university of science and innovation in Ekurhuleni.” 

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South Africans to start school two years earlier

South Africans to start school two years earlier - Best Education

Two more years of schooling before Grade 1 will become compulsory in South Africa says Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga as the department prepares to table a new bill this year.

This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country’s increased investment in Early Childhood Development (ECD) and earlier school learning will bring great economic benefits in the next two decades.

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How to verify a higher education institution and qualification

How to verify a higher education institution and qualification - Best Education

Before enrolling, prospective students must look up their desired qualification and check its level and credit value, as well as information about what it covers, at – click here