Will Schools Still Be Opening As Planned?

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With the 2021 school year looking uncertain now that South Africa experiences a second wave of infections, the Department of Basic Education has now said where they currently stand in terms of when schools will be opening.

With the 2021 school year looking uncertain now that South Africa experiences a second wave of infections, the Department of Basic Education has now said where they currently stand in terms of when schools will be opening.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has said that for now, the current school calendar which sees the 2021 school year start on 27 January, will remain unchanged.

Teachers are due back at schools on 25 January.

As for how attendance will work, the department is looking to have alternating days and alternating weeks, at least for the first quarter for primary schools.

Research has shown that the new Covid-19 strain has not had a high impact on death rates and admission rates of learners. There was not a significant variation from what was picked up before, said the Director-General of DBE, Mweli Mathanzima.

DBE will supply schools with PPE for the 2021 school year.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) have now called on the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga to provide clarity on reports doing the rounds which say that government is considering pushing the reopening of schools to mid-February rather than the originally scheduled date of 27 January 2021.

The political party said in a statement, "We do not support such a delay as this will likely do more harm than good and will only lead to schools being subjected to the same chaos that they were subjected to during the 2020 academic year."

DBE meets with the National Coronavirus Command Council today to give an update on the reopening of schools as South Africa awaits formal instructions on what will happen with the 2021 schooling year as the country experiences a second wave of infections.

The department will hand over plans to the NCCC with Mweli telling Cape Talk, "Our plans were about bringing learners back, but running schools in a differentiated timetable manner."

 

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