The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has launched its Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy in Schools initiative.

The initiative aims to ensure that young mothers have access to much-needed support services.

It is also focused on addressing the high incidence of learner pregnancy and the drop-out that usually follows.

The policy also requires schools to report to the police when a pregnant learner is under the age of 16.

UNESCO National Programme Officer, at the DBE, Buyiswa Mpini.

View the online launch of the initiative here.

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The University of Stellenbosch professor of Education, Jonathan Jansen has added his voice to calls to have schools reopen schools on a full-time basis.

Jansen says South African learners have lost out to up to 30% of their learning since the announcement of the national lockdown in March of 2020.

Jansen says reopening schools on a non-staggered basis would give learners access to the much-needed face-to-face learning they have lost out on over the past two years.

Get the latest news from the Department of Basic Education here.

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The Department of Basic Education has again assured parents that their kids would not be vaccinated against Covid-19 on school premises.

Deputy Director General for Planning at the DBE, Simone Geyer says the vaccination of those, aged 12 to 17, would only take place at vaccination clinics.

Geyer says the vaccination clinics will be managed by the national Department of Health.

She says the decision, for kids to get vaccinated, should be jointly made by both parents and their children.

Access the DBE’s full briefing here.

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Western Cape young people, between the ages of 18 and 35, have less than a week to apply for teacher’s assistant positions as part of the second phase of the country’s Basic Education Employment Initiative.
The province has almost 30-thousand positions available.
Successful candidates will support teachers with administrative tasks and classroom management, while others will assist with maintenance, cleaning and general administration at schools.
Director of Communications at the Western Cape Education Department, Bronagh Hammond.

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The Department of Basic Education has dispelled rumours that matric pupils will be forced to get vaccinated against Covid-19, as their final exams approach.

DBE spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said eligible matriculants, who are 18 years of age, or older, are encouraged to take the vaccine, but will not be forced to do so.

Mhlanga says there is no requirement for matric candidates to be vaccinated before being allowed to write exams.

To read the DBE’s announcement on the change to the 2021 examination timetable, click here.

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