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Three Provinces Postpone Return Of Grade R Learners

Three provinces have decided to not reopen to learners in grade R. These provinces have decided to follow a risk-adjusted strategy, which allows for the phasing in of learners to be done on flexible terms. 

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KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and North West are the three provinces that have decided to not reopen for learners in grade R. 

Head of the KZN provincial education department, Enock Nzama  advised parents to let children in grade R stay at home until a new date is announced

Limpopo education MEC Polly Boshielo, had a consultation with Minister Motshekga, where they reached the conclusion that the province would delay the return of grade R learners. 

“The provincial department of education considered various aspects which have led to the new date for the return of grade R learners to be July 29. This arrangement does not hinder schools that had already applied and granted to reopen for different grades as per the regulations gazetted and published by the minister of basic education." said Boshielo.

Public and independent schools are allowed to apply if they wish to go ahead with reopening to grade R learners. 

North West is also among the provinces that have decided to hold back on the return of learners in grade R.

"As the provincial department we opted to delay phasing in of Grade R learners on the initial 06 July. This is because we considered a gradual phasing in approach by halting the return of Grade R learners while Grade 6 and 11 are settling in."

The department made this decision guided by the risk-adjusted strategy, which calls for the slow return of learners.

"This is a safest approach as opposed to the inundation of all three grades at once. By so doing we are continuing to save lives of our learners in adjusting to the new normal", said MEC Matsemela.

The province has not yet announced the date for the return of learners in grade R, but it has said that principals and parents will be informed once the date is confirmed. 

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