schools reopening

Since the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, education progress worldwide has been disrupted. The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) wants things to get back on track. 

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. 

After 60 people tested positive for COVID-19 at Grey College, classes needed to be suspended to ensure the safety of all the other learners and staff.

All primary schools have recently returned to full-time teaching which has caused the DBE to implement new guidelines to allow the safety of learners and staff. However, not all schools have been able to comply with these guidelines.

The Department of Education in the Gauteng Province has announced the dates for online admissions for Grade 1 and Grade 8 for the 2022 school year on Sunday. Read further for more.

SADTU has recently released a statement after monitoring the reopening of schools to see whether schools are ready to reopen and begin with their learning and teaching.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga says that schools are ready to reopen as scheduled on Monday, 26 July depending on confirmation from President Cyril Ramaphosa and that vandalised schools in KwaZulu-Natal have made provisions to ensure their reopening on the same date. 

Teacher's union Naptosa says schools should commence as scheduled on Monday 26 July but that schools in KwaZulu-Natal are unable to reopen as planned due to property damage caused by last week's violence and looting. 

Learners are four days away from being back in class as the third term kicks off. With many events currently taking place in the country, the Basic Education Minister will be briefing South Africans this weekend on what is happening within the school sector.

With the department having released the new school calendar and reopening dates, they are now concerned that these delays will set schools back. Learners are set to be back at schools in less than a week.

South African schools are set to reopen to start with their second term of the 2021 academic year. Schools were forced to close due to Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of alert level 4 lockdown restrictions, continue to read for more.

The Department of Basic Education has now said when schools will re-open as well as what type of timetable schools will be following. With level 4 lockdown put in action, all schools had to close early.

With government announcing that all primary schools will return to school in the third term and the country experiencing the third wave, one would then wonder if a full-capacity return would be safe. The third term is set to commence on 26 July.

Northern Cape is currently experiencing the third wave with schools in the province seeing an increase in cases and 79 having been closed since the beginning of May. With this, the Department of Basic Education announced that all primary school learners will be returning full-time to school pretty soon.

Parents and learners have been gathering outside Sinenjongo High school in Joe Slovo park in the hope of finding placement at the school. They are among more than 8,600 learners still to be placed at schools in the Western Cape.

By Peter Luhanga

No learning and teaching has taken place at Mthengeni High School due to learners blocking the entrances to the school. These learners demanded that more classrooms be built to ease the issue of overcrowding at the school.


According to the Western Cape Education Department, over 10 000 learners still need to be placed at schools in the province.

The 2021 school year has begun. However, a Union in Limpopo has said that schools in the province were not ready to open as a multitude of issues arise.

After heavy rains damage roads and water infrastructure, schools in Mpumalanga were forced to stay closed. Provincial Education authorities announced that these challenges are being addressed, in collaboration with other departments.


A school in Port Elizabeth is now being shut down by parents as protests, burning tyres and song included, continue over infrastructure issues. The School Governing Body believes that the district office is stealing the schools's money.