Tag: Department of education

Teacher in Trouble for Misrepresentation

A Western Cape teacher has reportedly been summoned to a disciplinary hearing for allegedly claiming to be African on his Curriculum Vitae, instead of being honest about his so-called official identity of a coloured man.  The accused, Glen Snyman, applied for a position as school principal three years ago, and claimed to be African on his Resume.  He is currently a teacher at Grootkraal Primary School in Oudtshoorn.

Snyman is an outspoken critic of race classification and is the founder of an organisation called People Against Race Classification.  Though his application was unsuccessful, the Western Cape Education Department summoned him to appear in front of a disciplinary committee.

Racial classifications on job applications is used to meat broad-based economic empowerment criteria which is essential for all employers.  Snyman is very outspoken on race classification and particularly detests being classified as coloured, claiming this to be degrading.  Snyman has been leading a campaign against government’s continued use of race categories – black, coloured, Indian and white, since 2010.  The campaign aims to stop racial classification on all official documentation, including applications for employment.

On the official Website of Snyman’s campaign, a whole section is devoted to explaining the reasoning for self-classification as ‘African’ and claiming it is the right of all people to decide for themselves.  The website also states that being classified as “coloured” is not an identity. 

Government measures the economic progress our country makes according to the progress made by certain race groups only. This is wrong! Government should use a socio-economic barometer to determine how many people still need jobs; how many still live under the breadline; the living-standards of people; education levels; etc. Government doesn’t need to know how many members of a specific race group live in the various residential areas. Quality services should be provided to everyone. If we address poverty, inequality will take care of itself. We should do away with the generally accepted LABELLING, which implies that each of us belongs to a distinct race group.”

Interactive Workbook | Grade 1 Numeracy #2

tame TIMES has put together a collection of DoE interactive workbooks for young children at home, in order to help children have fun while they learn about literacy and numeracy. 

The interactive workbooks have the ability to respond to learners’ inputs, allowing a TWO-WAY flow of information between the computer and the learner, including instant assessment feedback.

We hope you and your children enjoy the first workbook in the collection, Grade 1 Numeracy #1

Click here to open the workbook.

Interactive Workbook | Grade 1 Numeracy #1

tame TIMES has put together a collection of DoE interactive workbooks for young children at home, in order to help children have fun while they learn about literacy and numeracy. 

The interactive workbooks have the ability to respond to learners’ inputs, allowing a TWO-WAY flow of information between the computer and the learner, including instant assessment feedback.

We hope you and your children enjoy the first workbook in the collection, Grade 1 Numeracy #1

Click here to open the workbook.


Education News: Matric Final Exams in 34 days

About one million grade 12 pupils will sit for their final exams in 34 days from now.

This was announced by Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga on Thursday morning during a virtual media briefing when outlining developments in the basic education sector and the 2020 matric exam countdown.

Motshekga said the advent of Covid-19  has necessitated the need to reschedule the 2020 NSC examinations to accommodate the disruptions caused by the pandemic.

“As we already announced before, the June Senior Certificate examination was postponed and will now be written together with the NDC examination in November. The examination timetable for the combined June and November exams had to be amended so it will commence in November  instead of October. The late start of the examination is intended to allow as much time as possible to cover critical curriculum content and to ensure that all examination processes are appropriately managed,” Motshekga said.

She said the combined examination makes it the largest public exams that has been administered in the country with more than one million candidates.

“It is going to be a huge task but one that we will need to ensure it is managed and coordinated smoothly. The writing of the NSC examinations  will commence on November 5 and conclude on December 15,” Motshekga said.

News – Schools in Gauteng can’t cope with demand for 2021

Panyaza Lesufi, the Gauteng MEC for Education, said on Sunday that Gauteng schools are already filled to capacity for 2021.  Parents will only have 7 school days to accept placement in a school, after which they will lose their spot to the next applicant on the list.    Schools will have until the end of November to confirm placement of grade 1’s and 8’s.  During this time schools will be accepting students based on its capacity.  Once a school reaches its capacity, it will be removed from the list of available schools and no further students will be placed there.  Students who are not placed at their preferred school will receive offers for placement at other schools, provided the schools have open space.  Parents can expect to receive notification from more than one school for placement.  Should parents confirm one of the two option, the other will no longer be available should they change their minds.

Challenge lies ahead for Department of Education to find place for learners

According to Lesufi, schools in Gauteng can accommodate 373,634 new learners, but have already received 409,770 applications.  Parents were only allowed to apply at 5 schools of their choice.   The department of Education published a list of the most popular schools for 2021.

Most popular schools for 2021


Applications Received



Laerskool Akasia



Laerskool Theresapark



Laerskool Rachel De Beer



Selcourt Primary School



Laerskool Silverton



Alston Primary School



Alberview Primary



Hamilton Primary



Freeway Park Primary



Laerskool Danie Malan




Alberton High School



Hoërskool Langenhoven



Sir John Adamson High



Boksburg High School



Hoërskool Akasia



Hoërskool President



Northcliff High School



Mondeor High School



Phumlani Secondary School



Hoërskool Gerrit Maritz



The department is still expecting there to be a rush of late applications which will exacerbate the problem with over-population of schools.

News: Who can perform at their best when they are using mud classrooms?

The six teachers and 250 learners at Jongimpuma Primary School in Port St Johns share five toilets. The walls are mud, the ceilings are crumbling, the classrooms are cold and there are not enough desks. But the Eastern Cape Department of Education has said there will be no money for renovations for at least three years, according to the principal.

“It is difficult to maintain social distancing without desks and classrooms”, says Siphokazi Qodi, acting principal at Jongimpuma. The school was started in 1995 with grade R to grade 5 and upgraded to grade 7 in 2018.

She says the school has been asking the Eastern Cape Department of Education for a new school to be built. “In February this year they visited us. We had hopes that things would be better but to our surprise, they told us that they won’t have money for the next three years.” She said the department said it was focusing on schools already under construction.

Qondi said the school was not getting the Rural Allowance that the department gives to schools “that are in poor condition like us”.

“The situation is discouraging our teachers. Some want to go to other schools because they can see that we are not going to get a new school any time soon.”

Mali Mtima, spokesperson for the department, confirmed that the department had put on hold all planned projects because of budget constraints, while current projects were being completed.

He said schools had to qualify for the Rural Allowance. “Some of the schools might be in a rural area but not qualifying to be paid, due to closeness to town.”

Parent Nomathemba Mfunqulwa said the condition of the school was discouraging for learners. “It is difficult to encourage them to go to school because it is poor. We are trying but it is not easy”.

“If we had money we would not beg the department to build a new school for our kids. They don’t care about our kids’ future”.

She said when it is raining or very windy parents do not send their children to school because the classrooms were too cold. “Our kids are being treated differently from those in the suburbs. Who can perform at their best when they are using mud classrooms?”

Sikelelwa Makhunga, who teaches grades 4, 5,6, and 7, said teachers had stayed on because they cared about the learners. “The thought of moving to other schools is there, but what about these kids’ futures? I don’t think there is anyone who would like to come and work here – this is bad in so many ways.”

Parent Mzukisi Ntantiso said parents could not even resort to protests because of their remoteness. “We are in a rural area, maybe if we were staying close to the road we would do what others did to get services, but it would be a waste of time to start protesting in our area.”

Ntantiso said most parents had not been to school and their wish was to see their children do better. “We are afraid because the situation might lead them to drop out. The department needs to come up with a solution on when they are going to build a new school for our kids,” said Ntantiso.

By Buziwe Nocuze

Education News: Back to school dates

Minister Angie Motshekga has gazetted the back to school dates.


3-7 August

  • Grade 12 and Schools of Skills:
  • Year 4 learners will return to school on 3 August
  • Grade 12 and Schools of Skill:
  • Year 4 teachers and support staff will return to school on 3 August
  • Principle and the school management team ( as required) will be in attendance.

11-14 August

  • Grade 7

17- 21 August

  • All officials will report for duty on 17 August 2020 to prepare for the return of learners in the remaining grades.

24 August

Learners in the following grades will return to school.

  • Grade R, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4 and Grade 6
  • Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11
  • Schools of Skill: Year 1, Year, 2, Year 3

Schools with Learners with severe and Profound Intellectual Disabilities

  • Year 1, Year 2, Year 3

Schools with Learners with severe Intellectual Disabilities

  • Grade R, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, and final year (occupational)

Schools with autistic learners

  • Junior group (below 13 years)
  • Senior group ( 13 years and above)
  • Final year ( 18 years and above)

31 August

The learners in the following grades will return to school

  • Grade 5 and Grade 8

Schools for learners with Severe Intellectual Disabilities,

  • Grade 4 and Grade 5





Education News: Revised calendar will see schools reopening on August 24.

The department of basic education has released a revised calendar for the 2020 school year, which will see schools reopening on August 24.

In a statement released on Saturday, the department said that it had been huddled in consultations with stakeholders after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced two weeks ago that schools would be closed for a month.

In his announcement, he said grade 12 pupils and teachers would only take a one-week break, returning to school on August 3. Grade 7 pupils would go back to class on August 10 after a two-week break.

“The department considered the impact of the decision on the current calendar. The policy process to amend the school calendar commenced considering the urgency of the matter as necessitated by the prevalent Covid-19 environment,” the statement reads.

In terms of the new version of the calendar, schools will resume on August 24. The are 163 actual school days for teachers and 156 for pupils.

“The school year will be completed on December 15 for grades R to 11 … that it is not carried over to the first quarter of 2021.”

To separate the third and fourth school terms, there will be a one-week break from October 26 to October 30.

“The teaching, learning and assessment for the 2020 academic year must be concluded by December 15 2020 for grades R to 11.”

Grade 12 examinations will be completed by this time and the marking of papers will be wrapped up by January 22. Results will be released on February 23.

The new school year will commence on January 25 for teachers and pupils a few days later.

Education: Schools remain open until further notice.

As pressure mounts for schools to close amid a surge in Covid-19 infections in South Africa, the Department of Basic Education says they remain open until further notice, as Minister Angie Motshekga engages with stakeholders in the sector. 

Schools have been a talking point since their reopening on 8 June, when most Grade 7 and 12 pupils returned to classrooms.

Teachers’ unions, many parents and some experts were prompted to heighten their calls for schools to remain closed after pupils and teachers started testing positive across the country.

On Tuesday, after holding a special national executive committee meeting, Sadtu, the country’s largest teachers’ union, announced it had resolved that schools close during the period, stating that its decision was motivated by among, other things, evolving science, News24 reported.

The National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA (Naptosa) has also been among those that have come out with a similar resolution that the sector closes shop, at least for the period when a Covid-19 surge is expected.

Motshekga was expected to engage the unions on Wednesday, but the meetings had to be cancelled as she would be in broad consultations with stakeholders in the sector.

According to the department’s spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, the purpose of the meetings, which will conclude on Friday, was to discuss the peak of the pandemic and its relation to schools.

The engagements will inform the minister’s proposals to the Cabinet at the weekend. Once all the engagements have been concluded, an announcement will be made to create certainty for the sector. We wish to restate that the decision to reopen schools was taken by Cabinet after extensive consultation which culminated in the phased approach to the resumption of duty in the sector. Schools remain open until further notice,” Mhlanga said in a statement on Wednesday.

Unions calling for the temporary closure have stated it would not be possible for the entire school year to be scrapped. They have said the department could use the period when schools are closed to map out a plan that would ensure pupils return to safe environments once the peak is over.


BREAKING NEWS: Education department halts return to school for some grades!

The government has decided not to allow all pupils who were scheduled to return to class next week to do so.

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, the national basic education department said that only grades 6, grade 11 and grade R would be allowed to return as planned on Monday.

The decision was taken following a meeting of the Council of Education Ministers earlier on Thursday.

“The decision affects all provinces,” said spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga.

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