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Coronavirus: What school closures mean for our kids

While pupils are out of school they will also be falling behind the curriculum.

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OPINION | Covid-19 and its impact on education transformation

The technology adoption rate in education has always been relatively slow, but due the coronavirus pandemic schools and families are now being forced to relook at options for teaching and learning.

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WATCH: The British royal family is switching to homeschooling

Prince George and Princess Charlotte are to be homeschooled amid the coronavirus pandemic as their school is switching to remote learning.

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DBE confirms that teachers and school staff must work until Friday, 20 March 2020

All schools including early childhood centres, private and public as well as boarding and special schools are affected by the cabinet decision.

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What exactly are the new school holiday dates? We'll know soon

The DBE assured us that they'll inform the public as soon as possible.

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'As pre-schools must close, do I still need to pay the fees?' Government responds to parents' concerns

"...there will not be a service to care for my child, and I will have to find a care taker to do this, and pay them a fee."

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Coronavirus, kids and school closings: A public health expert answers 4 questions

Children can catch the virus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, the disease that has infected more than 121,000 and caused more than 4,000 deaths.

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Coronavirus: How does closing our schools stop the pandemic?

The four week school holiday break will minimise contact between teachers, pupils, parents and school staff.

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June and September school holidays to be affected by school closures, says DBE

The June 2020 vacation will be shortened by seven (7) school days and the September 2020 vacation will be shortened by two (2) school days.

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Teachers are vital in the war against Covid-19 and digital misinformation

Via Afrika Group Knowledge Manager Micheal Goodman-Mareme talks what teachers can do about the spread of factually incorrect information.

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Violent behaviour shows up at primary school – and can end there too

Schools should be safe places. Yet, throughout the world, violence in schools remains a problem. Girls and boys who are seen as ‘soft’ or ‘gay’ are the main victims of bullying, name-calling, physical violence and sexual violence.

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Find the latest details on school closures from the DBE here

In accordance with the pronouncement by the President on 15 March 2020, schools will be closed from 18 March 2020.

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Mathematical thinking begins in the early years with dialogue and real-world exploration

It’s natural to think that mathematics is primarily about numbers. In school, we first learn how to recite numbers and then spend considerable time writing them down and manipulating them on paper.

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Coronavirus | Parents respond as Ramaphosa closes schools

Ramaphosa announced that schools will be closed from Wednesday, 18 March 2020.

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Coronavirus: How teachers can manage health and safety at schools now

We compiled a list of tips to help teachers do their bit to prevent coronavirus exposure in schools.

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Coronavirus: Is closing schools an effective measure to prevent an outbreak? History has some answers

Closing schools to prevent an outbreak is one example of a measure used to keep a population healthy that is known as 'social distancing'.

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Who is Generation Alpha? Here's everything you need to know about them

The Alpha Generation, those children who were born from 2010, started school three years ago. This generation will face the much prophesied 2030 joblessness catastrophe

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PRINTABLE | CORONAVIRUS: Handwashing steps for young children and teens

We've made two posters available for parents and teachers to download and print. They're great visual reminders to encourage thorough handwashing which experts say is one of the best ways to prevent coronavirus.

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KZN school closes in face of coronavirus fears

The conservative decision was made to close Cowan House, due to the lack of clarity and uncertainty at this point.

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Not much progress with Ramaphosa’s school sanitation campaign

"The lack of transparency around the SAFE Initiative makes it very difficult for the public to monitor construction and interrogate claims of progress."

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Coronavirus: Will South African schools be closing, and what will that mean to parents?

Japan, Hong Kong, mainland China, Italy, Iran and Vietnam have closed schools, and some US schools have shut for a few days.

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'Our education sector is in crisis': Dr Mamphela Ramphele suggests five changes that could empower our children

The imposition of English as a medium of instruction under the guise of parental choice has caused untold damage to our education.

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FEEL GOOD | How this local teacher uses drama therapy to help children learn

"My teaching strategy is a combination of drama therapy, exercise warm ups and dance. I once was involved with the arts society at CPUT and learned many things there that can heal a soul,"

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Who assumes responsibility when a child is hurt at school?

Over the past few weeks media headlines have been filled with harrowing stories of tragedies across the country affecting learners at schools.

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WATCH: South African teaches his South Korean students the gumboot dance

South African teacher Thembinkosi Tera Mkonko shared this video of him teaching his South Korean students the infamous gumboot dance.

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Why are teachers essential to children’s well-being?

"Many teachers do not feel supported, cared for or have a sense of emotional well-being themselves. This perhaps is where we need to start shifting our attention to." We speak to Kate Rowe of emotionalwellness.co.za.

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OPINION: We need to step up parental involvement in schools

Evidence shows there is a correlation between parental involvement and the success of their children in school.

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Humans vs AI Machines in the workplace – getting to the win-win

I think it is worth coming to a shared understanding of what artificial intelligence is. We can say that any machine that is able to sense its environment and take actions that increase its chances of success in achieving its goals has artificial intelligence.

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Schools are still using corporal punishment: What are parent's rights?

"They later came to our house to say they apologise for what they had done, saying it was out of anger because these children don't listen."

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Our children are not safe at school, picketers tell Western Cape Premier

About 30 activists from Equal Education (EE) picketed outside Rocklands Civic Centre in Mitchells Plain on Thursday where Premier Alan Winde was delivering his state of the province address.

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Minister instructs schools to enrol undocumented children

Following a ruling by the Eastern Cape High Court (Grahamstown) on 12 December 2019 that schools should admit undocumented children, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has now issued a circular instructing schools to comply with the ruling.

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Is rote learning really so bad? (And how to do it well)

Via Afrika Group's Knowledge Manager Micheal Goodman-Mareme talks about one of the hottest topics in education: rote learning and what it means for you as a teacher.

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WATCH: This local teacher uses hip hop dance to teach maths

Teacher, dancer, and videographer, Kurt Minnaar, says he uses what he dubs 'MathDance' as a tool to teach mathematics to his pupils.

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Learnings from an edtech show

Via Afrika Group's Knowledge Manager Micheal Goodman-Mareme shares the insights he picked up after attending the annual BETT Show, an annual event that showcases the latest in educational technology.

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'Make sure you check all the boxes': Here's how to verify a qualification in South Africa

"If a South African institution is offering you a diploma for three weeks of study, it is not legitimate and warning lights should start flashing about that institution." An education expert shares top tips for spotting a fake educational institution.

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'Aftercare is abused by parents': Teachers share their thoughts

"What about the rights of the aftercare staff? Are they not entitled to go home on time? Collect their own children and take care of family responsibilities at the end of the work day?"

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What parents can expect from the proposed Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, will be meeting with school unions and stakeholders to discuss the Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill draft, that has been approved by the cabinet, before proposing it to Parliament.
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