The Department of Basic Education (DBE) today kicks off its two-day Early Grade Reading Research Indaba aimed at tackling the challenges schools face that hinder the reading skills of South African learners.

The Indaba will see speakers & panelists leading developmental, research, and government bodies contribute insight and discuss the challenges to ensure better reading outcomes among learners.

Media relations officer at the DBE Terence Khala says this is a matter that needs urgent attention.

Khala says the department has, to address this problem, introduced the Early Grade Reading Study in 2012.

He says the idea is to implement the necessary strategies across the country.

Follow the proceedings here.

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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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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshega says her Department has started taking steps towards the introduction of the General Education Certificate.

The certificate would allow learners, after 10 years of schooling, when completing Grade 9, to access the job market.

She says planning for the introduction of the GEC is at an advantaged state.

Access Motshekga’s full speech here.

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Provincial Education MEC Debbie Schäfer says the number of Western Cape schools, which have obtained a Matric pass rate of less than 60%, have dramatically decreased.

The number of the province’s schools, who failed to obtain this minimum pass mark, have decreased from 52 to 40, in the 2021 National Senior Certificate examinations.

Schäfer says this decrease in the number of under-performing schools shows that all the hard work and commitment is paying off.

Read Schäfer’s full statement here.

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The Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer has encouraged matriculants, who failed their exams or have not obtained their desired results, to make use of the support services available to them.

Schäfer advises Grade 12s to apply for the next session of supplementary examinations to rewrite their exams or improve their results.

She also urges candidates to make use of the Second Chance programme, offered by the Department of Basic Education, to again enroll for examinations.

Read her full statement here.

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