- Most schools are set to reopen on 1 June but not all grades will go back at the same time
- Grade 7 and 12 will start first with more grades returning on a staggered basis
- Teacher unions are concerned that their members will not have adequate protection
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Most schools are set to open in June, except for 5000 schools across the country, including 929 private schools will stat shut due to the infection rates in their areas.
Schools in Buffalo City, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, Mangaung and Nelson Mandela Bay will remain under lockdown level 5 conditions.
Briefly.co.za learned that 3.7-million pupils and 134 779 teachers will be affected by the school closures from June 1. In order to make the schools safe as possible, they will purchase PPE supplies with money that had been earmarked for learning materials. Parents have offered to help clean the schools to prepare them for the June 1 opening.
Under lockdown level 3, schools would reopen but students will attend school on different days determined by their grades. Grade 7 and 12 will return from June 1 and the rest of the grade will return on a staggered basis according to TimesLive.
Teacher unions are only allowing their members to return to work once the schools have been disinfected and teachers given the necessary cleaning products and social distancing rules are observed.
Naisa chair Mandla Mthembu is concerned over the blanket nature of the schools opening.
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"Our concern is that there's a blanket approach to say all schools in those municipalities must not open. If schools are located in the red zone but in wards that may be viewed as level 4 or level 3, they should be allowed to open."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the main thing on a lot of parents' minds is whether or not they will be sending their kids back to school on 1 June.
Some celeb moms, like Khanyi Mbau and Uyanda Mbuli, have expressed that they are not comfortable with the idea.
One tweep suggested that pupils could access learning materials through the internet.
They wrote, "The major networks have provided university students with free data in April to access study material. I would think this is doable with other school levels. The challenge is where students don't have devices."
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