Publication: Cape Times

Publication Date: 13 Jul 2021

THE Department of Basic Education (DBE) is expected to revise the school calendar following a delay in the reopening of places of learning this month.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday that all schools will remain shut until July 26 after he closed them early on June 30.

In the previous gazetted guidelines by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, schools were scheduled to reopen next week. DBE spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said the department will revise the school calendar and recover the five days lost due to the extension.

`The Council of Education Ministers will take a decision based on science on whether to open for all learners or continue with alternating timetabling.

` Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer said schools have been advised about the announcement but still await Motshekga`s directions.

`I am very concerned that we are losing even more teaching and learning days this year, especially in light of the shocking results from the latest NIDS-CRAM report.

`We have also agreed to a risk-adjusted strategy for basic education, which I have yet to see implemented as far as schools are concerned.

`I would like to hear the Cabinet`s scientific reasons for extending the school closures across the board, ` said Schafer.

The NIDS-CRAM study found that 750 000 learners had stopped attending school between April last year and May this year.

`Those who did not drop out missed out on learning due to lost school days. A National Institute For Communicable Diseases surveillance report on under-19s suggested that schools being opened or closed were not major drivers of Covid-19 waves.

Professor Kobus Maree from the department of educational psychology at the University of Pretoria said further delays would put pressure on learners who were placed at schools late as they were still catching up with previous work under rotational timetables.

`No doubt these learners` stress or anxiety levels will rise. Moreover, rotating classes and not being able to attend subjects such as mathematics and physical sciences, especially on a daily basis, will influence learners that are at a disadvantage in these subjects already seriously negatively, with potential longer-term effects.

` National Professional Teachers` Organisation Of South Africa executive director Basil Manuel said the department cannot fiddle with the calendar every time the president speaks.

`We are satisfied with the current calendar because it`s based on the health and safety of learners and teachers.

`We are happy with the original date of July 26. `We want all primary school learners to return. As unions, we will meet with the department this week to get clarity on readiness of schools because we have not received an update on delivery of supplies to ensure safety.

` Progressive Principals` Association spokesper- son Anthea Adriaanse said while the association welcomed the announcement, the issue of academic support for learners has become solely schools` responsibility, placing educators under severe pressure.

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“Rekindling peoples sense of hope and purpose during the Covid-19 pandemic: The power of group (self- and) career construction counselling counselling”

2nd International Congress of Pedagogical Research

15-16 May 2021

Universiti Utara Malaysia

School of Education

http://icoprcongress.org/

The African Journal of Career Development (AJCD) has been accepted into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

 

Accordingly, the journal is accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Prof. Maree presented the following two workshops at the ICP2020, Prague, 2021-07-18-24:
  • i. How to Draw on ‘Stories’ and ‘Scores’ to Facilitate Career Construction Counselling to Individuals and in Group Contexts, and
  • ii. How to Integrate the Outcomes of the Career Interest Profile and the Maree Career Matrix: Practical Exercise

International Congress of Psychology

Prof. Maree read a keynote at the International Congress of Psychology to be held in Prague, Czechia, in July 2021.
This important event on the Psychology calendar only takes place once every four years.

32nd International Congress of Psychology held in Prague, Czechia – 2021, July

Maree, J. G. (2021, July). Read congress keynote “Promoting group self- and career construction counselling: Linking conscious knowledge with subconscious insight” at the 32nd International Congress of Psychology held in Prague, Czechia.

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Maree, J. G. (2021, July). Presented invited (online) workshop titled “Integrating ‘stories’ and ‘scores’ to facilitate counselling for career construction to individuals and groups of people

8th World Conference on Psychology Sciences and the 8th Global Conference on Contemporary Issues in Education, Istanbul, Turkey.

Maree, J. G. (2021, August). Read congress keynote “Innovating and updating (career) counselling to address people’s deepest needs in rapidly changing times” at both the 8th World Conference on Psychology Sciences and the 8th Global Conference on Contemporary Issues in Education, Istanbul, Turkey.

the 5th International Congress of Special Education, AAB University, Pristina, Kosovo, 24-26 September 2021

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Maree, J. G. (2021, September 25. Read keynote titled “Facilitating autobiographicity to promote gifted and talented learners’ self-designing and career construction: Connecting conscious knowledge with subconscious insights” at the 5th International Congress of Special Education, AAB University, Pristina, Kosovo, 24-26 September 2021 (hybrid event).

The Polish Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance

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Maree, J. G. (2021, September 25). Presented “Guest of honour paper”, titled “(Post-)Postmodernising Career Counselling to enhance ‘best practice’ in South Africa: At the coalface while ‘tradition’ dictates” at the Polish Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance.

the 3rd International Congress on Life, Social, and Health Sciences in a Changing World, 2021-11-13, Istanbul, Turkey

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Maree, J. G. (2021, November). Read keynote titled “Reimagining the future: Using narrative career counselling to enhance innovation, creativity, hope, and purpose” at the 3rd International Congress on Life, Social, and Health Sciences in a Changing World, 2021-11-13, Istanbul, Turkey.

The 3rd International Congress on Life, Social, and Health Sciences in a Changing World, 2021-11-13, Istanbul, Turkey

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Maree, J. G. (2021, November). Read keynote titled “Reimagining the future: Using narrative career counselling to enhance innovation, creativity, hope, and purpose” at the 3rd International Congress on Life, Social, and Health Sciences in a Changing World, 2021-11-13, Istanbul, Turkey.

Coping with exams during a pandemic

 

Prof Kobus Maree of the Department of Educational Psychology offers lecturers advice on how to check in on their emotions during exam time in the midst of all the challenges brought about by COVID-19.

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The CIP assessment is now officially live on the JvR Online system

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JvR CPD courses
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Degree, diploma, or certificate which of these qualifications offers the students their ‘best’ chance in the occupational world? 

Prof Maree receives the PsySSA Award for Fellowship 2017

This prize is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to psychological science by a current or past scholar or team of scholars.

To read more :
http://www.psyssa.com/psyssa-congress/awards-2-years/

Prof Maree has been appointed as Professor Extraordinaire

Prof Maree has been appointed as Professor Extraordinaire in the Faculty of Education, University of Stellenbosh.

Call for Manuscripts for a Special Issue of the African Journal of Career Development (AJCD) (2021)

Theme: Promoting career development: Managing challenges and exploiting opportunities associated with the Covid-19 pandemic

The Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Career Development (AJCD) invites you to submit your latest research towards the latest special issue.

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The second Biennial South African Congress of Career Practitioners (March 2021):

“Operation Phoenix: A call for community first”

Prof. Maree was awarded the Psychological Association of SA Lifetime Award

Prof. Maree was awarded the Psychological Association of SA Lifetime Award in recognition of a person that has dedicated his life to Psychology in South Africa at the Pan African Psychology Congress in Durban on 19 September 2017

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