Now that the country is seeing high increases in cases as we tackle the second Covid wave, parents have started asking questions when it comes to their childrens' schooling. Will the rotational timetable for school attendance remain in place?
Well, Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education, Elijah Mhlanga, has said that it most probably would.
It looks like we'll continue with the rotational approach because it assisted us to reduce the infection rate in the country. Schools did not become super spreaders as some people have said earlier.
Mhlanga said that along with the rotational timetable, social distancing and complying with regulations helped a lot.
Parents and children are urged to wear their masks as you put everyone else at risk if you don't.
The Spokesperson continued to explain that the department cannot have normal schooling hours as this would mean that social distancing requirements won't be possible with more children in schools.
The 2021 school year is expected to commence on 27 January and will have 200 schooling days with a limited number of school holidays.
Minister of the Department, Angie Motshekga, has said, "We are fully aware that the country needs the school calendar for effective planning purposes, and we have worked hard to ensure it is done properly, taking into account the disruptions that have occurred in 2020."
The department hopes to use 2021 to start on a clean slate, with enough teaching weeks with the Minister continuing to say, “All teachers know that catching up on lost learning, or learning recovery, is not an easy, quick activity but requires a lot of dedicated time.”
With the school year being extended, more efforts are encouraged from parents and teachers as learners will need more support to cope.