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education90BusinessLive reports that Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga announced on Tuesday evening that schools across SA would open on 1 June in a phased manner, starting with grades 12 and 7.  

Teachers will return to schools on 25 May.  The plan has been approved by cabinet and the national command council on Covid-19.  The phased reopening of schools is expected to see learners return in fortnightly intervals, descending through the grades in secondary and primary schools in tandem so that the youngest children return last.  A revised school calendar, setting out new term dates, will shortly be published in the government gazette.  The minister sent a strong signal that the government was willing to take a flexible approach to private, small and special needs schools, and was considering opening early childhood education centres sooner rather than later.  “We are engaging with private schools as a different sector with different challenges.  There will be a different approach depending on the circumstances,” Motshekga said during a television broadcast.  The minister has faced vocal public opposition from unions over plans to re-open schools, as many provincial education departments have yet to convince teachers that they will be returning to a safe working environment.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tamar Kahn at BusinessLive

Read too, Parents with Covid-19 anxieties can keep children away, says Motshekga, at Independent News

And also, KZN MEC warns they will be tough on schools that flout Covid-19 measures, at News24

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