Department of Basic Education Releases a Schedule for School Reopening

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Department of Basic Education has finally published a gazette which outlines how schools are set to reopen.

Grade 7s and matrics will return to school on Monday as announced by Minister Angie Motshekga a week, followed by other grades, which will gradually be phased in from July and August.

The decision by the department has not been without any backlash from the unions, teachers, parents/guardians and the general public who were of the view that it is reckless for the department to open schools this early.

The department’s response was that parents/guardians are not forced to bring their children back at school if they are not comfortable or yet satisfied about their children’s safety from Covid-19.

In the document that was published late Friday afternoon on how schools would reopen, the department said that only those who follow proper procedures will be allowed to reopen.

“Only those and offices that have complied with the minimum health, safety and social distancing measure on Covid-19, as contemplated in this Directions and the regulations will be allowed to open”

They further explained that schools or offices that do not comply with instructions and regulations mentioned will remain closed until such time they have completed all proper procedures.

“Parents who choose not to send their children back to school are obliged to apply for home education in terms of the relevant sections of the South African Schools Act”

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