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Covid-19 in classrooms: When a cough causes chaos

Despite the department of basic education’s announcement that teachers and learners were given orientation about the coronavirus, anecdotal evidence doesn’t bear this out

New August 31 deadline for the last learners to return to school

In an amendment published in the Government Gazette on Tuesday, the basic education minister has made further changes to the school return dates for different grades

Eastern Cape schools to only open for grades 3, 6 and 11 at the end of July

The province says the increase in Covid-19 cases has made it re-evaluate some decisions

Only three grades to return to school on Monday

Only grades six, 11 and R will return to school as expected, with the rest to be phased in later in the month

International students need equal care

Contradictory pandemic regulations could to be putting critical training in jeopardy

We can’t expect learners and teachers to function optimally right now

It may well be that we have warm bodies in schools, but to think their minds are highly productive is a reach

Four schools stay closed after builder trashes toilet blocks

Four affected schools have remained closed because they don’t meet the Covid-19 regulations, due in part, to the defacement caused

Advocacy group takes department to court over school nutrition programme

Equal Education wants the court to get the basic education department to feed all learners who qualify for the programme, including those who are not back at school

Cape Town learners identify as coloured; the curriculum and teachers say they’re Biko black

The teenagers, who clearly understood that race is fluid – some even changed their identity – felt shunned. If race is socially constructed, they should not be ignored.

Covid-19 deepens the educational divide

With the closure of schools, learning has moved to online platforms across the world, but a UNESCO report said only 12% of households in the least-developed countries have internet access at home

Schools have tanks – but no water

The state rapidly put in place a solution for the emergency provision of water, but it has been hampered by the shortage, and cost, of water tankers

‘Covid-19 to deepen inequalities in education’ — report

A report from Unesco highlights a lack of access to online learning: only 12% of learners in sub-Saharan Africa can connect to the internet at home

Nattrass’s article should be retracted rather than debated

The relationship between science and ethics is inextricable and a study that does not consider the latter in its design cannot be supported

Black youth can’t wait until tomorrow

The Covid-19 crisis has exposed the raw realities of South Africa’s under-resourced public schools

Why dads matter: How reading to your kids can make a difference

The amount of time fathers spend reading with their children can help predict how well their children will read and write in the future

Security at schools is not the community’s responsibility

It is unrealistic to expect vulnerable people to ensure that nearby schools aren’t vandalised or robbed

‘I worry about my son returning to school and my other son at home’

The parent of two boys, Chulayo Thapelo Mthembu writes about the family’s experience of one son returning to school when they reopened on Monday

Classes under coronavirus are ‘weird’

Two matric learners talk about not being able to mingle with friends, anxiety about their exams and what happens outside the schoolyard

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