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The Congress of South African Students are threatening to close down private schools and have now resorted to protesting outside of a school. 


The Department of Basic Education has postponed the reopening of public and independent schools due to the rise in COVID-19 infections.


According to the calendar set out by the Department of Basic Education, school management teams and support staff are expected to return to schools today. 


Some teachers are now showing concern and are worried that even with the delayed reopening of schools, returning to schools still won't be safe for them. Teachers are due back at schools on 1 February with learners following on 15 February.


Mark capturing for this years National Senior Certificate exams have now begun. The department is said to be days ahead of schedule during this years matric marking season.


With the department nearing the end of this years Matric marking session, they are said to be ahead of schedule which further motivates there being no delay in the release of results.


Teacher's union, NAPTOSA says that the Department of Basic Education's decision to make teachers return to schools two weeks before schools reopen puts them at a greater risk of contracting Covid-19. 


The Department of Basic Education's decision to delay the reopening of schools has received mixed reactions. The South African Human Rights Commission is on the side opposing the delay and believes that schools are not playing a major role in spreading Covid.


School Governing Bodies associations disagree with the plans to delay the reopening of public high schools. They would like for those high schools to open on 27 January 2021.


Following the Department of Basic Education's announcement that schools will be opening on 15 February, some schools have chosen to ignore this and are having learners back. MEC Panyaza Lesufi has now pledged to combat this issue.

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