Trade union federation Cosatu has thrown its weight behind an education NGO's campaign to encourage learners to get to school on time.
Student representatives at the strife-torn University of Zululand are hopeful that academic activity will resume at the institution on Wednesday.
More than 100 high school learners picketed outside Parliament on Thursday last week to draw attention to education crisis in the Eastern Cape.
The lack of privacy at schools means that HIV tests on schoolchildren there must not proceed without proper planning and protection of human rights.
Children's rights experts and activists have welcomed government proposals offer HIV tests in schools.
The access to the provision of free education is a worthy goal but it should not come at the expense of quality.
Universities that offer diplomas as well as degrees appear to be the first choice of students who have been flooding universities.
Two Johannesburg universities were flooded this week by unprecedented numbers of students seeking late admission.
More than 20% of learners who heard last week that they had passed the matric exams could be left in limbo in the 2011 academic year.
SGBs expressed dismay this week that the department of basic education was discussing whether to remove their power to appoint school principals.