Plans To Have All Learners Return to School Full-Time Remain

Plans To Have All Learners Return to School Full-Time Remain

Government has said that even with the new regulations, they have not changed their plans for schools. Initially, 26 July would have seen all primary school learners return to school full-time.


The Department of Basic Education has not yet made any changes to their announcement that all primary schools will get rid of the rotational timetable and all learners will be in school full-time from 26 July.

With the new regulations, this might change. The department is set to discuss this further with the relevant stakeholders.

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, said:

If by the time we want to open and bring more learners and there are still difficulties, we've agreed to monitor the situation weekly and we'll take the decision closer to the time.

She went on to firmly state, "we are not changing any of the plans we have".

NAPTOSA is one union asking whether the return of primary school children slated for 26 July, would still go on as planned. 

Initially, third term would have commenced on 26 July but has now been brought forward and will start on 19 July. The second term will end on 30 June.

The department is monitoring the surge of Covid-19 cases and have previously seen various schools close due to infections, before the President made his announcement.

During Motshekga's speech on Monday, she said, "We implore parents, guardians and caregivers to ensure that during the recess, children continue to learn, using the available resources. Doing so, will protect the gains that have already been achieved."

The department is encouraging learners to stay safe, to not gather in crowds and to avoid activities that could lead to infections.


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