The Basic Education Department has set a tentative date for the gradual reopening of schools.
SA schools reopen in phases:
Grade 12 and 7 pupils will go back to school on May 6.
Grade 6 pupils will return on May 20, Grade 5 on June 3 and Grade 4 pupils on June 17.
Director-general for Basic Education, Hubert Mathanzima Mweli stressed that these dates are tentative and are subject to change as part of a draft amended school calendar. He was speaking as part of a Department of Basic Education update on the status of schooling during the Covid-19 Lockdown.
Concerns surrounding the schooling system’s state of readiness continue to raise red flags.
Schools will have to follow and implement strict measures such as daily screenings and social distancing. Where pupils and staff present symptoms, they must be isolated and tested.
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