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Grade 12 learners were the first to return to school this week, as the government rolled out the first phase of its plan to reopen schools. More grades are expected to be phased in throughout August, but some local paediatricians want the government to speed up the process. 


Many schools have lost teaching time because of covid-19. The basic education department is now trying to make the most of what's left of the academic year, but this will come at a cost for future grades. 


Staffing and spacing is the biggest challenge that public schools will face when all learners return to school on 24 August. The department is working on a plan to make sure that students are able to social distance in class. 


The Basic Education Department has given parents the option to homeschool children if they do not want them to go back to school. The Department has provided steps explaining how parents can do this. 


After reopening schools for learners in grade R, 6, 7, 11 and 12, the department has announced new dates for when learners in other grades will return. These learners could be returning to class as late as August. 


The second phase of the reopening of schools will take place in less than 10 days. The Minister of Basic Education has explained how the second phase will take place. 


With less than a few days until schools repoen, Minister Motshekga has been making visits to schools in Gauteng in order to assess their readiness. 


Schools have been the target of a number of crimes that have taken place since the beginning of the lockdown, as they have been unoccupied. This, among other things, has raised concerns about how learners will be able to return to school by the proposed date.

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