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South Africa Finalising New Coding and Robotics Curriculum For Schools



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Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga says government is putting the final touches on the coding and robotics curriculum developed for Grades R-9, which is due for completion by the end of July.

Motshekga said this on Wednesday when she tabled the department’s 2020/21 adjusted budget vote during a virtual plenary session.

The initial overall 2020/21 budget allocation for the DBE (before adjustments) was just over R25.3 billion, and this was reduced to over R23.2 billion following budget cuts and adjustments due to Coronavirus spending.

“The DBE has developed the coding and robotics curriculum for Grades R-9, which is currently being repackaged to ensure proper sequencing and seamless progression from one phase to the next.

“We are planning that the repackaging process will be completed by the end of July 2020,” said Motshekga.

After putting the final touches on this curriculum, it will head to the quality council authority, Umalusi, for approval.

The rollout of this curriculum forms part of the department’s strategic implementation of a curriculum with skills and competencies for a changing world in all public schools.

Once approved, teachers and subject advisors will receive training for this curriculum online because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Motshekga, the Education, Training and Development (ETD) sector and Skills Education Training Authority (SETA) has availed R7 million for this training.

DBE strengthens skills development

To strengthen its skills development initiatives through the three-stream curriculum model, the DBE has partnered with Ford Motor Company. This partnership will see 240 engines donated to technical schools offering Automotive as a subject.

“In our efforts to provide every school with ICT devices, loaded with digital content, the DBE, in partnership with mobile network operators, has completed the audit of all 477 special schools.

“We have also finalised the implementation plan with the mobile network operators to provide all these schools with devices, connectivity, digital content, as well as ICT integration training for teachers,” said Motshekga.

In a bid to digitise schools around the country, the DBE, in partnership with the Communications and Digital Technologies Department, has identified 152 sites in 76 education districts, to equip them with virtual classroom infrastructure.

Through this initiative, the sector will fully embrace the digital revolution of remote learning. Districts will be able to benefit through curriculum specialists’ streamed lessons on digital platforms.

In line with government’s decision to relocate Early Childhood Development (ECD) from the Department of Social Development to the DBE, the department is in the process of amending the Basic Education Law Amendment (BELA) Bill.

The amendment of BELA caters for compulsory attendance – first, in Grade RR by learners turning five (5) years of age; and second, Grade R by learners turning six (6) years of age.

To assist in finding solutions to some of the challenges facing the ECD sector, and to provide guidance on how government can achieve a transformed ECD sector, the department has established an ECD think tank, comprising a group of experts from government, academia, NGOs and civil society.

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If I Could Survive Domestic Violence And Remain This Happy, You Too Can- Nigerian Woman Writes As She Shares Her Story.



Nigerian businesswoman, Azubuike Chinyere.

A  Nigerian businesswoman, Azubuike Chinyere, has used her life experience to warn women against the ills of staying in a bad marriage.


In a post shared on her Facebook page, Chinyere recounted how her once-happy marriage turned sour and how she suffered domestic violence all through the period she was married. She stated that she walked out of her marriage after her husband beat her to a state of coma. She fled from her matrimonial home with their three children and went to stay with her parents where she began to pick up the pieces of her life.


If I could survive domestic violence and remain this happy, you too can- Nigerian woman writes as she shares her story


She added that she has forgiven her ex-husband and is so happy as a single mum.


Her post reads


”She got married in the most painful way anyone can think of.


She ended up managing her situation just to have a happy home.


Her husband whom she met as a “growing man” and gave him her support. She watched him grow from self-contain to 1bedroom to 3 bedroom flat and finally to their own duplex.


She watched him grow from a mere boat rider to a captain of a ship.


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She watched him grow from leggedy benz to taxi, to Honda Bullet, to Toyota highlander and to Benz C class. She watched her used to be poor husband turn into a multi-millionaire.


Unfortunately things went sour. She started enduring domestic violence, abuse, infidelity and maltreatment from her inlaws.


She hid her tribulations from her family cos she didn’t want them worried. She also was scared of the society mocking her for having a failed marriage. She prayed, she fasted, she did vigils, she did the midnight heart to heart talk with her husband just to find out what went wrong but it got worse.


She endured domestic violence both from the beatings with the use of belt to insults and body shaming, use of boiling ring, she even gets woken up at 1am to cook for him, she has slept one day and woke up by the bucket of water poured on her and the worst of it all? She gave birth via CS and was beaten for not taking her sister in-laws calls which resulted to her surgery site tearing open and she went into the theatre for another stitching.


She has all the scars showing her survival.


And the last straw was when she experienced a fatal abuse which landed her in coma. But as a fighter she fought it and survived coma.


That was the end of her marriage. She ran to her parent’s house with her 3 beautiful kids. She left when the 1st child was 3yrs and the twins were barely 10months old.


Her parents took her kids from her and asked her to go finish school which she did, she went for nysc and started life afresh doing every legit job she could think of just to raise money.


She saw hell. She suffered. She entered into dangerous depression and became suicidal. She even started resenting her kids and living a life of regret. She almost became mentally unstable but it took a pastor and her mother to save her.


How? They introduced the power of FORGIVENESS. She tried her best to forgive her ex husband and his family. It wasn’t easy but she did it. She decided to focus on her future and her kid’s future.


Life started falling into place. She was hustling different businesses and finally became a School Director and a caterer.


She is not yet where she wants to be but she is in a happy place. Today she is with her kids, taking care of them and paying her bills ALONE without any support from anyone except her supportive family.


The 1st picture was taken after she forgave her ex in 2015.


The 2nd picture was taken in 2020, 5yrs later.


2019 her ex family called her for reconciliation but she made them understand that she has forgiven them and bears no grudge but reconciliation is never possible.


This is the summarized story of Azubuike Chinenye.


When I tell you I have seen a lot in this life, pls believe me.


I am not here to speak ill of my ex-husband or his family but to make you understand that marriage didn’t favor me. Life has thrown at me the status of single mother which I wear with pride.


If I could survive domestic violence and remain this happy, you too can.


It’s not easy. I won’t even lie to you, being a single mother doing everything is not easy but the peace of mind and Happiness makes me not to feel anything.


Dear You reading this, anytime you feel like giving up, anytime you go depressed, pls visit my page and look at my picture.


If I can survive it, you can.


I am not a motivational speaker; I am only here sharing my story and my personal experience hoping that someone out there learns from it.


I am Azubuike Chinenye a domestic violence survivor and a business mogul”


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Airplane Collision At The Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, Nigeria.



A wing tip accident was witnessed at the cargo area of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Wednesday July 29.


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The accident occurred when a Middle East Airlines plane was coming to park on the apron while a Turkish Airlines aircraft was taxiing out.


Passengers on the Turkish Airlines flight were made to disembark and it was further learnt that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) have been notified and would issue a statement on the incident.

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Ex Malaysian Prime Minister Bags 12 Years In Jail With 38 Million Dollar Fine Over Multi-Billion Dollar Fraud



Malaysia’s former prime minister, Najib Razak has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined £38 million after a court in Kuala Lumpur found him guilty of corruption in the first of five trials over the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal.

The conviction on Tuesday, July 28, makes Najib the first Malaysian leader to be found guilty of corruption.

The 67-year-old who faced seven charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering, and abuse of power for diverting an estimated 42 million ringgit ($9.8m) from SRC International, a unit of 1Malaysia Development Berhad, into his personal bank accounts, was convicted on all charges.

I, consequently, find the accused guilty and convict the accused on all seven charges,” Judge Mohd Nazlan Ghazali said, referring to the allegations of abuse of power, several counts of money laundering, and criminal breach of trust filed against Najib.

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Najib has revealed plans to appeal the 12-year jail sentence and he may not be sent to jail immediately. He wrote on Facebook ‘I am ready’ to take the decision to the Court of Appeals.

If his sentence is upheld, he will also be barred from political office for several years.

The sentence arrives only six days after the Law court placed an order for Najib to pay the government as much as 1.69 billion ringgit ($400m) in unpaid taxes and penalties, covering the years from 2011 to 2017.

His wife, Rosmah Mansor also faces charges of money laundering and tax evasion but has pleaded not guilty.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak is sentenced to 12 years in jail and fined ?38million after being found guilty in a multi-billion-dollar fraud?

Najib Razak served as the 6th Prime Minister of Malaysia from 2009 to 2018

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