Schools may reopen for Grades 7 and 12 next week

VAAL TRIANGLE - The Department of Basic Education says schooling could resume on Wednesday next week for grades 7 and 12’s only, although this is subject to change. Feedback from social cluster ministers was that 18 May could be more feasible. On the first day, only Grade 7 and Grade 12 pupils are expected to go back to school. Grade 11 and Grade 6 pupils are scheduled to follow two weeks later and pupils in other grades will follow every two weeks until Grade R pupils' anticipated return on 15 July. However, the dates are subject to change. Director-general Hubert Mathanzima Mweli briefed a joint meeting between the Parliament’s portfolio committee on Basic Education and the select committee on Education and Technology, Sports, Arts and Culture this morning. He says the school calendar has been amended and will see the June and September holidays shortened. Pupils and educators will be screened for Covid-19 when schools reopen and if they have raised temperatures, they will be considered for isolation and testing. There will also be strict physical distancing measures and more than 40 pupils in a class will not be allowed. Matrics will write their full exams, covering their whole curriculum, but other grades will be tested on 80% of the curriculum, which will be reworked.

Mweli says the plan for the reopening of schools was subjected to an extensive consultation process. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga is expected to announce the confirmation date for the reopening of schools soon.

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