Dept Releases New School Reopening Dates & Plans

The Department of Basic Education has now said when schools will re-open as well as what type of timetable schools will be following. With level 4 lockdown put in action, all schools had to close early.


Due to level 4 lockdown, dates for when schools will re-open have been all over the place. Now, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has given details about when schools will re-open as well as other plans.

From Grade R to 12, all public schools will reopen on 26 July. 

Grade 8 to 12 learners will follow the rotational timetable model.

Primary school learners, that is Grade R to 7, will however see a change and will follow the daily full-time attendance from 2 August.

Primary school educators would then continue with teaching according to the rotational timetable from 26 July until 2 August, which is when daily traditional attendance will be put in place. 

Special education needs learners in Grade R to 12 will also follow the daily full-time attendance timetable from 2 August.

Principals, school management teams and non-teaching staff will head back to schools on 22 July to prepare for the return of learners on the 26th. They will then also need to use the week of the 26th to prepare for the full-time return of primary school learners.

Independent schools will be closed for contact classes until 26 July.

The winter vacation learner support or catch-up programmes for Grade 11 and 12 learners will be extended by a week until 23 July with the department saying that they, "will continue under strict compliance with the minimum health, safety and social distancing measures on Covid-19".

Government's move to have learners return to schools full-time is due to significant losses of teaching time when schools were closed for long periods of time. The rotational timetable contributes to this loss as well with many teachers saying that the rotational timetable does not work.



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