How Are Schools Affected By Reopening Delays?

Last week, the DBE announced that the reopening of schools would take place on 15 February 2021, which is two weeks later than the initial date. This decision has caused some to be concerned about how it will affect the academic year.

Many people in South Africa have welcomed the decision made by the Department of Basic Education to delay the reopening of schools, however, some do not think that it was the best decision.

Last week, the DBE announced that the reopening of schools would take place on 15 February 2021, which is two weeks later than the initial date.

Deputy Minister Reginah Mhaule announced that school management teams would report for duty on January 25, teachers on February 1 and pupils on February 15.

The delay was implemented to provide relief to the health system, which is currently struggling to cope with the amount of COVID-19 patients.

By postponing the reopening of schools, more pressure will be put on the teachers and learners when they return to stay on track with the current syllabus. Learners will also have less time for revision.

There are a few schools that do not intend to delay their reopening, such as Helpmekaar College in Braamfontein. 

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the College after reports about the institution sending a newsletter requesting all 1 200 learners to return to school. 

Lesufi said that he would like to discover the reasons for the college's action as it would be in contravention of the postponement of the opening of schools to February 15 by the DBE.

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