MEC MATSEMELA ANALYZES FARM SCHOOLS PRELIMINARY RESULTS

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ln an endeavour to ensure that all learners passes their Grade 12 year-end examinations, the North West Department of Education analyses the preliminary examination results of all schools and this includes farm schools. MEC Matsemela accompanied by a team of curriculum experts visited Nauproort and Iterelong Secondary schools both farm schools in the area of Rustenburg to analyze their Preliminary examinations results. Both the Secondary schools obtained an average exceeding 60% pass rate in the preliminary examinations results. Iterelong Secondary school obtained 69% whilst Naupoort Secondary school obtained 87.8%. MEC Matsemela emphasized that all learners should pass Grade 12 irrespective of their background. "I am on a roadshow of analyzing the performance of the farm schools. Our department does not discriminate learners according to their backgrounds but treats them equally irrespective of their places where they stay. So far l am hopeful that as a province we are going to do well in the matric results at the end of the year. We have observed that many learners have passed well…

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MEC MSHENGU TO RECEIVE DONATION OF 20 000 LIBRARY BOOKS

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The Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal MEC Mr Kwazi Mshengu will receive 20 000 library books donated by the SONY-USA. As a Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal we believe education can open doors to people’s futures. A high-quality education needs to be supported by the provision of relevant reading material and we are proud to partner with SONY-USA to ensure community schools across our province have libraries which are well stocked with new, quality books. "We want our learners to read with understanding and enjoy reading at the same time. We know that reading builds vocabulary, fluency, and background knowledge. We will continue to do our part to promote and encourage independent reading across our schools." Remarked MEC Mshengu ahead of the event. The event will take place under the following details: Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2020 Venue: Durban Habour, 01 Belfast Road. Time: 13h00 Members of the media are invited to cover the event. End/ ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IN KWAZULU-NATAL

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THE DEPARTMENT TO RECEIVE A DONATION WORTH R2.2 MILLION OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FROM ANGLO AMERICAN COAL.

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The Mpumalanga Department of Education will this afternoon receive a donation of Personal Protective Equipment ( PPE's) worth R2.2 million donated by Anglo American Coal South Africa to 45 schools within Emalahleni and Steve Tshwete Local Municipality. These schools will also be fumigated by the same company as part of its response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The event to officially handover these PPE's will be held at Witbank High School at Emalahleni Local Municipality on Tuesday, 20 October 2020 at 13H00. "This kind of support is greatly appreciated and needed as it improves the conditions for the delivery of teaching and learning and at the same time it is a life saving exercise with a timeless legacy. May this partnership develop and grow even beyond this point as we continue in our quest to make education everyone's enterprise". MEC Majuba The media is invited. Media Inquiries Jasper Zwane at 0837431804  

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MINISTER NZIMANDE WELCOMES THE SENTENCING OF THE KILLERS OF PROFESSOR GREGORY KAMWENDO

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TO: All media The Minister of Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, welcomes the sentence imposed on the brutal murderers of the University of Zululand (UniZulu) professor Gregory Kamwendo in 2018. Oscar Mkhuliseni Mthiyane, 53, and Selby Nkuna, 49, were handed down life sentences in the Pietermartizburg high court last week on Thursday, the 15th October 2020. According to the police, at the time of his death, Prof Kamwendo was seating in his stationary vehicle, when these two murderers shot and killed him. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds on the upper body and was declared dead on the scene. At the time of his passing, Professor Kamwendo was 53 years old and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Zululand. He was killed ostensibly because he had found out and stamped out a scheme of illegally awarding of courses and certificates fraudulently, involving some of the staff members in his faculty. “This was a double murder as it took the life of Prof Kamwendo at the…

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ATTEMPTED ARSON AT FOUR SCHOOLS IN MORULENG

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The North West Department of Education received devastating news that four schools caught fire on Thursday, 15 October 2020 in Moruleng, north of Rustenburg. Although the cause for the torching of school property is not yet established, it is noted that an office at Manamakgotha Secondary a structure used for assembly together with 200 chairs, five desks, staff room, five classrooms and administration office were partially burnt. At Raphurele Secondary in Welgevaal village, attempt was made to burn classrooms, in Moruleng, two classrooms' qdoors were partially burnt and at Dikwepi Primary School two classrooms were completely torched while and one was partly burnt. A police case is opened with no arrests as yet and the cost of damaged is being evaluated. MEC for Education, Mmaphefo Matsemela condemns this with the strongest terms as it is set pack for learners and the education system at large. She says those who burnt the schools are savagely cruel. "On Friday morning I woke up news that four schools on Thursday night. We strongly condemn…

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ENRICHMENT CLASSES AS LAST PUSH INTERVENTION AHEAD OF THE NSC EXAMINATIONS

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The Limpopo Department of Education has issued a directive to schools to resume with Saturday and Spring holiday enrichment classes. This forms part of the last push intervention strategy to support grade 12 learners who will be sitting for the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.   Saturday classes are planned for 17, 24 and 31 October, and Spring enrichment classes scheduled for 26 to 30 October 2020.  The focus of these enrichment classes is to support learners in subject areas which they struggled with during trial examinations.     The Department had, as part of its 2020 Learner Attainment Strategy commenced with Saturday and Spring classes for grade 12 learners in August, however the programme had to be suspended in a number of schools due to commencement trial examinations.     MEC for Education, Polly Boshielo has already visited several schools and shall continue to do so to motivate matriculants ahead of their final NSC examination. “All it takes is hard work and more hard work to make it in…

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MINISTER NZIMANDE CONDEMNS THE TORCHING OF STUDENT RESIDENCE AT THE UKZN UNIVERSITY

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The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, strongly condemns the torching of the Oval student residence at the Westville campus of the University of KwaZululu Natal (UKZN) on Monday, 12th October 2020. Minister Nzimande calls on the university management, working together with law enforcement agencies, to swiftly bring those responsible for this shameful and outrageous act to book. “The destruction of university property is a criminal offence and all those engaging in such acts must be arrested and face the full might of the law”. Minister Nzimande further calls upon the university community, both students and staff, to isolate, identify and expose these criminals who continue to vandalise the university property. They have a duty to provide any relevant information to the law enforcement authorities so that the culprits can be brought to book. “These are criminals who must be totally removed from our institutions, they do not deserved to be within our institutions but belongs to jail,” emphasised the Minister. Minister Nzimade said that whilst government…

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DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION MARKS GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY IN SEBOKENG AND MOTHIBISTAD

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The Department of Basic Education will on Thursday 15 October 2020 join the world in marking Global Handwashing Day, an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increase awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap. As the nation and indeed the world grapple with COVID19, the importance of NonPharmaceutical measures such as Handwashing have become more prominent. This year, in partnership with Lifebouy soap, the Department will commemorate the day with two events in Gauteng and the Northern Cape in a unique way. At the heart of this year’s commemoration is a simple intention: To remind people of one of the biggest lessons that we have learnt during the pandemic - the importance of washing hands, under the umbrella of #H4Handwashing Since the first Global Handwashing Day in 2008, the Department has used Global Handwashing Day to spread the word about the importance of washing hands, forge progressive collaborations and ensure safer schools. At its core the Day is designed to not only foster and support a global and…

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MEC Lesufi Appalled by the Death of a Grade 2 Learner

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Gauteng Education MEC, Mr Panyaza Lesufi, is appalled by the horrifying death of a Grade 2 girl learner, from Sekgutlong Primary School in Katlehong, who went missing this past weekend. It is alleged that the learner had gone missing from her home on Sunday, 11 October 2020. She was allegedly raped and murdered, and was found in one of the neighbours’ backyards. According to the information at our disposal, a suspect has been apprehended by the police. MEC Lesufi wishes to express his deepest condolences to the family of the girl learner, and he denounces the gruesome acts that led to learner’s death. "It is with great sorrow to hear about the disheartening passing of one of our youngest learners at Sekgutlong Primary School. We rebuke the horrifying acts of the perpetrators involved in the death of this learner, and we wish for the uncompromised safety of all our learners,” said MEC Lesufi. Our Psycho-Social Unit will visit the school to provide the necessary counselling those who have been affected by…

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GDE dismisses Parktown Boys High School Principal

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The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) would like to confirm that it has today, Monday, 12 October 2020, served Mr Malcolm Williams – the principal of Parktown Boys High School – with a dismissal notice. Mr Williams has been charged with three allegations of misconduct emanating from an incident which occurred on 15 January 2020 where he unjustifiably prejudiced the administration, discipline or efficiency of the Department. It is alleged that he undertook or caused the school to undertake an excursion to Nyathi Bush and River Break in Brits for Grade 8 orientation camp without prior approval. The second allegation is that he failed to ensure that a correct roll call for all learners who went to said excursion was maintained. The final allegation is that he endangered the lives of the learners by disregarding a set of safety rules and regulations as set out in clause E of Safety Measures, in that he failed to ensure that all learners who were to participate in the water activities were provided with…

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