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26 July 2020

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has expressed concern over government’s decision to keep schools closed for all grades, except grades 7 and 12.

25 July 2020


South African Human Rights Commission's Andre Gaum says There is a growing body of international and local research that indicates devastating and long-term effects for young children not reading and writing for extended periods.
24 July 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says the decision by the government to close schools is “regrettable and unjustifiable”.
“The decision means that by August 24 2020 over 10 million South African children, depending on the grade they are in, will have lost over 50% or 100 scheduled school days as a result of Covid-19 school closures,” the commission said in a statement.
24 July 2020
 
The Department of Basic Education says that while Covid-19 infection numbers at schools aren’t a major point of concern, they are increasing – but more worrying is the psychological impact the pandemic is having on learners.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday evening (23 June) that all public schools in the country will close for a four week break, returning on 24 August.
17 July 2020

The commission's electronic survey has found about nine in ten schools reported that all learners and staff wear masks.
 
CAPE TOWN – A South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) survey suggests provincial education departments have taken decisive steps to implement COVID-19 safety measures.

16 July 2020


The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) supports children going back to school during the Covid-19 pandemic, it said in a statement.
In the statement released on Wednesday, the commission said it supported Unicef’s position that pupils return to schools as soon as possible because “evidence points to harm being done to children by not being in school”.
16 July 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has come out in full support of South African schools staying open and more children returning to class. The commission supports UN agency Unicef’s findings that more harm will be done to children if they discontinue learning.
Many teachers’ unions have called for schools to be closed as the country expects a peak in coronavirus infections.
16 July 2020

There has been much furore surrounding the reopening of South Africa’s schools. Teachers have protested the phased reopening of schools, as they believe it is not yet safe for pupils to return to their respective educational establishments. Now, the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has announced it supports the reopening of South Africa’s schools.
15 July 2020

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has come out in support of the reopening of schools in the country.
The commission said on Wednesday it “supports the position of Unicef that children should return to schools as soon as possible because ‘evidence points to harm being done to children by not being in school'.”
13 June 2020

The former commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission succumbed to the virus on Friday night at the One Military Hospital in Pretoria.
2 July 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) intends taking the City of Cape Town to court over its eviction policy following the forced removal of a naked man from his shack in Khayelitsha on Wednesday.
"There is absolutely no excuse for what happened," said SAHRC commissioner Chris Nissen on Thursday.
11 July 2020


Tom Manthata died of COVID-19 related complications at the age of 81 at the One Military Hospital outside Pretoria on Friday night.
South African Council of Churches General Secretary, Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana has described struggle stalwart Tom Manthata as the epitome of integrity and dedication.
10 July 2020

Durban - DA parliamentarian Dianne Kohler Barnard has lodged a hate speech complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) regarding social media posts calling for the killing of white farmers and land grabs.
Barnard said the DA had referred at least six social media posts, which “seemingly glorify farm murders and attacks” to the SAHRC for an investigation into hate speech.  

01 July 2020
 
DURBAN - The National Teachers Union (Natu) on Tuesday said it had partnered with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to conduct a survey of teachers’ concerns ahead of the return of more learners to schools next week.
Grades 1, 2, 3, 6, 10 and 11 will be able to return to classes from Monday.
30 June 2020

By: African News Agency

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has said that the decision not to reinstate fully the national school nutrition programme (NSNP), which has been suspended since the hard lockdown began in March, is catastrophic for learners from poor backgrounds.
The commission said it "notes with concern that the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) was suspended at the start of lockdown, and has yet to be comprehensively reinstated".
22 June 2020
 
Two shacks were demolished, a crèche set alight and the site of a proposed electricity depot attacked in Hangberg, Hout Bay during a weekend of ongoing protests about land, housing and electricity.
13 June 2020

Cape Town – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called for current and former pupils to speak out about their experiences of racism at school.
12 June 2020

Independent candidates are allowed to contest for national and provincial elections without being a member of a political party.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has welcomed the judgment handed down by the Constitutional Court that declares parts of the Electoral Act unconstitutional. 
11 Jun 2020

Cape Town – The Parklands College history teacher behind the controversial “racist task” requiring Grade 7 pupils to design a poster to advertise a slave auction has resigned from the independent school.
The resignation comes as the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said it would probe, with the Independent Schools’ Association of SA saying that it would weigh in on the matter tomorrow, while the EFF called for a broader investigation into racism at schools across the Western Cape.
9 June 2020

Grades 7 and 12 pupils on Monday returned to their classrooms after nearly two months.
 
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Monday said that it would continue to monitor schools across the country with the resumption of the 2020 academic year.
Grades 7 and 12 pupils returned to their classrooms after nearly two months.
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