2020's curriculum was affected which in turn would affect 2021's curriculum and this seems to be a concern for many. Now, a close eye will be kept on whether the department can deliver when it comes to this year''s school curriculum.
During a briefing on the reopening of schools, Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Reginah Mhaule, said:
As it came, we started with the plans and the plans are improving on a daily basis because we learn every day.
Teachers remain in the dark about the new curriculum for 2021. This comes as the department trimmed the 2020 curriculum after losing 5 teaching weeks during the lockdown.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said public schools will spend the next 3 years catching up with the content trimmed from the curriculum.
When asked if this school year will be even worse than last year's, the Deputy Minister said that none of them know but that they are committed to making sure that learners get quality education.
"We are living with the virus. If the situation remains unchanged, we find ways and means of making sure that education to our learners does take place," said Mhaule.
The department will assist those who have lost jobs and can't afford to pay fees in the 2020 academic year.
School fees are encouraged to be paid by parents who can afford it as it covers teachers' salaries, said Mhaule.
Schools will refund parents who have paid for January schooling already.
Learners and teachers will be provided with masks and sanitisers as well as other PPEs related to schools.
Both public and private schools will now reopen on 15 February to provide relief to the struggling health system. School management teams will head back to schools for duty on 25 January. Teachers will follow on 1 February.
DBE will hold a series of meetings with provinces next week to check on the very latest regarding the state of readiness.