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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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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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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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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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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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Withholding school reports, for any reason, is against the law

A school may not withhold a report card for any reason. The practice of withholding report cards is against the law.

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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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'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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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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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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Coronavirus | Parents respond as Ramaphosa closes schools

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

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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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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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