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NPOs to create virtual support spaces to reduce the rate of school dropouts in SA

"We encourage NPOs to sustain contact with learners during the lockdown by using phone calls or WhatsApp groups where applicable to create virtual supportive spaces." The Zero Dropout Campaign is hoping to encourage NPOs to revise their dropout preventative strategies in light of lockdown restrictions.

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Russian Roulette? Sick kids face Covid-19 or school de-registration

"The school debate has got me in a cold sweat. Like many parents, I’m sure, the thought of sending kids back to school in such uncertain times is terrifying – whether your child is healthy or not."

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'Primary school dropouts': Single mom shares her lockdown struggles

"The government's urgency to re-open schools considers sanitation precautions and psychological issues only. Many families, including mine, have been crippled by other factors which directly impact our children."

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You might want to look at these local online schools this year

If back to school is out of the question for your family at this time, here are a few online schools to consider.

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Opinion: Vandalism keeps rural and township schools on a perpetual back foot

"Burning schools, most of which are already not in the best of conditions, is a crime against the very same children we claim to be the future of this country."

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'I'm a teacher. We are going back to school. We do not have a choice in this matter.'

"My day will start at 6:45 as I report to school to make sure I scan temperatures and screen children."

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'Deepening inequalities?': The impact of Covid-19 school closures on education in SA

Our findings underscore the fact that disasters amplify the existing structural inequalities in society and worsen inequalities through an unequal recovery process.

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'It's a choice': Parents say the kids are ready to go back to school

The issue of schools re-opening on 1 June has caused parents across SA to engage in heated debate, as they are divided between two camps.

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'Rather miss a grade, than dig a grave': Save Our Children movement calling for a mass school stayaway on 1 June

Thousands of parents have come together in a movement on a Facebook group called Save Our Children.

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Find homeschooling sites and information here

Learn more about homeschooling and what curricula they use by visiting these websites run by parents and organisations that have home-schooled their children.

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Lockdown: What is happening to aftercare facilities, and their teachers?

In a recent report, 99% of ECD operators said that parents have stopped paying fees owing to the lockdown.

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'It's time': Parents come out in support of the re-opening of schools

"Our country has a huge problem with education. We can't escalate it."

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'Some of us are just born to teach': Local mom says she'll continue to homeschool her kids well after lockdown ends

"I have been loving this experience, and am very excited to start their homeschooling experience."

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'Dead set against sending my child to school': Parents respond to DBE announcement

"Who will take responsibility, if my kids get infected, and who will pay the hospital bills?"

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'My child is not a guinea pig': Will you send your kids back to school this year?

"Streptococcus pneumonia is no joke, so ventilation is something I would prefer to not even consider right now."

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Will it be safe to send your kids back to school? And what happens if you don't?

While many parents agree and can't wait for school to open fully, on the other hand, others are saying that it's too risky to return to school soon, and that exposing their kids to infection isn't worth the benefits.

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Tips from a home-schooling mum for keeping kids productive during lockdown

This mom, who home schools her kids, outlines how to stay sane with Covid-19 enforcing some ‘quality time’ with your children.

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Can I hire a teacher to care for my kids at home during lockdown Level 4?

"There’s a lot of ambiguity with Lockdown Regulations, the President even conceded to that in his most recent address"

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OPINION: Lockdown learning is not home schooling

There is a huge distinction between home education and lockdown learning.

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5 ways to help your kids stay safe in digital classrooms

“Malware, stealing logins, information harvesting or extorting money are all genuine cyber risks,” says Collard.

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'Crafted lessons will be offered by expert teachers': New matric resources now available on radio

The materials will cover term 1 and 2, and each live broadcast lesson will last for an hour per day during and after the lockdown period.

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Just how safe are your kids in online classrooms?

Privacy issues almost always lie in what is happening in the digital background that we don’t see.

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OPINION: 'The Covid-19 crisis is a teachable moment for our education sector'

I believe that the Covid-19 crisis is a teachable moment for our education sector. We should acknowledge the loss of academic time, but education is not lost. We can choose to seize the moment and take the opportunity to improve our view of education, or we can regress.

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Finding it hard to keep your kids motivated to learn at home? Here's one way to get them inspired

If finding creative and inspiring ways to keep your at-home pupil engaged during this stressful time is proving a challenge for you as a teacher or parent, help is at hand.
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