- Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to announce the official reopening of SA schools
- With the Covid-19 crisis still threatening the school year, it seems as if the department has come to a consensus over when students will be allowed to return
- This comes as officials indicated that only Gauteng and Western Cape schools are ready to welcome back students
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced that she will be revealing the official reopening date for schools.
In a statement issued by the department, Motshekga committed to addressing the nation on Thursday, expected to provide details relating to the final dates and plans for the phased-in approach to reopening schools.
The minister assured South Africans that the safety of students and teachers alike will be at the forefront of any decision made.
Briefly.co.za reported that the department had received intense criticism after providing citizens with the incorrect date during an earlier briefing.
Meanwhile, TimesLIVE reports that only Gauteng and Western Cape schools have signalled their readiness to reopen.
This is reportedly according to Education MECs from the nine provincial departments, who revealed issues regarding the reopening of schools during a meeting with Motshekga.
The current tentative return date for Grade 12 and 7 students is set at 1 June, but it appears numerous provinces are having issues getting schools in line with the Covid-19 restrictions.
While the other six provinces are at various stages of readiness, the Eastern Cape says it cannot guarantee it will be able to open schools on 1 June.
Departmental spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says that the minister will be providing SA with the final dates for the 'possible reopening of schools'.