Faizel Patel – 02/07/2020
The Basic Education Department has announced that after careful consideration and lengthy consultations with the Council of Education Ministers only Grade R, 6 and 11 will return to school on Monday.
The department backtracked on its decision after initially indicating that 6 million pupils would return to school next week.
In a statement, the department says the reports provided a broad review of all the developments relating to the phased approach to the return of learners to school.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the other grades will be phased during the month of July in a differentiated approach within the stipulated times frames as per the gazette of 29 June.
“We recognise that schools are based in communities and learners live in the same affected communities and therefore a careful balancing act must be maintained.”
Motshekga is expected to host a media briefing at the weekend to elaborate on the revised plans with the goal of phasing in the remaining grades to allow schools to reach normality by August.