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The coronavirus pandemic forced schools to shut abruptly, exposing the huge inequality between impoverished and privileged pupils as learning moved online and schoolgirls faced exploitation.

By Zandile Bangani. Illustration by Anastasya Eliseeva.

Many grade 7 learners returned to school today after the break that started on 27 July 2020. Schools have been facing many problems during this break and the department is not happy with some members of School Governing Bodies trying to interrupt teaching in an attempt to make schools close.

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Public schools will reopen and teaching will resume this week, against a backdrop of falling Covid-19 infections in the country. However there are still calls from one group for schools to remain closed during the pandemic.

The education sector is trying to make up for the gap left by teachers with comorbidities. In July, more than 3500 teachers above 60 in Gauteng alone did not report to work because they felt unable to teach. 

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The 2020 school year has been marked by serious disruption as managing the Covid-19 pandemic has meant the closing of schools. The revised calendar for the school year has been now released and sets out the 156 days of teaching that are still avialable for learners - all the way up till the middle of December.

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