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eastern cape schools


The Department of Education in the Eastern Cape has become concerned over the rise in Covid-19 cases especially among learners in the province, this comes after 89 schools have confirmed to have registered Covid-19 cases. 


Schools have now opened up for the 2021 school year. However, thousands of learners in the Eastern Cape have still not been placed in schools and this is of course a major concern.


The Basic Education Portfolio Committee has expressed concern regarding the state of readiness for the reopening of schools in the Eastern Cape, as the province experiences shortages of teachers and delays in textbook deliveries. 


No-fee public online schools have been approved by the Eastern Cape legislature, in hopes to ease overcrowding and the shortage of space within schools. 


Joe Gqabi District Municipality closed ET Thabane Primary School last year. The school has close to 2,000 learners and needs more mobile classrooms in order to meet the Covid-19 regulations of social distancing. 


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