The Foundation for Education and Social Justice has applauded South Africa’s Department of Basic Education for its handling of the 2020 academic year and ensuring that learning continued amid a peak in Covid-19 infections. The foundation’s Hendrick Makaneta says the pandemic was certainly not anticipated, but government managed to rise to the occasion and facilitate a safe process of phasing in learners, at the same time though urging the department to be better prepared for the 2021 academic year.