Teacher assistants might be hired very soon to help primary schools cope with the changes to the timetable. From 2 August, some primary schools saw a return to the traditional daily timetable.
However, concerns have been raised as some schools cannot accommodate all learners while also following social distancing measures. This could also mean that more teachers would be needed, which is where teacher assistants would step in.
The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, said:
If they are all here and we have broken them into smaller groups, it means there's need for more teachers and that's why I have to quickly get Treasury to get teacher assistants.
These teacher assistants will help schools adhere to social distancing protocols by enabling smaller classes with the Minister saying that her department is working on those measures.
The department is giving themselves up to the end of August to make changes to ensure the full-time return of learners is safe and able to run smoothly.
Schools are now aiming to complete the Foundation phase to Grade 7 curriculum by the end of the school year.
Tate Makgoe, the education MEC in the Free State, said, "we are looking at various ways to ensure that our children continues being motivated ... this is why the Minister is going to help us with teaching assistants".
Back in May, the Department said that discussions are underway to review and repackage the initiative with a proposed second phase which would start later this year.