Minister Motshekga To Speak On Schools Reopening This Weekend

Learners are four days away from being back in class as the third term kicks off. With many events currently taking place in the country, the Basic Education Minister will be briefing South Africans this weekend on what is happening within the school sector.

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It's now been announced that Department of Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, will speak on schools reopening this weekend. Schools are set to reopen on 26 July for the third term but with the recent events in the country, many questions are being asked.

The Department of Basic Education released a statement which read:

Basic Education Minister, Mrs Angie Motshekga, will hold a briefing to provide an update on the state of readiness for the reopening of schools. Minister Motshekga will outline the basic education sector's response to the impact of Covid-19 on the sector.

The briefing will take place on Saturday, 24 July, at 10AM.

School management teams, non-teaching staff and school principals went back to school today, 22 July, to prepare for the reopening. 

On 2 August, all primary school learners will be back in school full-time and school staff will then use the week of the 26th to prepare for this change. High schools will continue using the rotational timetable.

Mhlanga says this full return is being done in phases:

We've got 12.9 million children in 25 000 schools so we always want to do things in phases. It would be wrong for us to return all the learners at once without learning some lessons.

This full return is being done due to the learning losses that have happened with the rotational timetable being blamed.

The delayed reopening of schools has also impacted the amount of work and the curriculum which must be covered for this year. Schools were initially supposed to reopen on 19 July but after the President implemented level 4 lockdown, schools will now be a week behind.

Last year, the school calendar was changed three times and this year already it was changed twice.

Teacher vaccinations

The teacher vaccination rollout is said to have gone well with Gauteng reporting 92% of teachers vaccinated. The national vaccination rate for the education sector stands at 517 000 administered in total out of it's 582 000 initial goal.

"There's still space for those that have not been assisted as yet to get their jabs," said Mhlanga.

 

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