- The Department of Basic Education has detailed some of the ways students will be required to keep their distance when schools reopen
- With the Covid-19 outbreak still posing a major risk to students, the pressure is on the ensure the success of the current plans
- Briefly.co.za explores some of the tentative details that have been put forward thus far
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Deputy Department of Education Minister Dr Reginah Mhaule has shared some details on the measures undertaken to protect learners when they return to school amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Briefly.co.za reported that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga had announced the finalised plan to reopen schools for Grade 7 and 12 learners on June 1, despite the high likelihood that infections would occur.
Motshekga called on South Africans to rally behind the measures which rely heavily on compliance to avoid mass outbreaks.
Classroom physical distancing measure will be put into place with masks for all learners and teachers highlighted as compulsory.
No more than two learners will be allowed to share a desk in a bid to implement distancing. No mass public events will be allowed, with extra classes arranged in small groups.
Hugging, handshakes and other forms of physical contact is a thing of the past with learners cautioned against direct contact.
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Motshekga explained that learners with pre-existing illnesses will not be forgotten as these measures are considered:
"We also urge parents to work closely with schools to ensure that learners with pre-existing illness are also assisted. Schools will work with parents to obtain the information which once again needs to be treated with the utmost care."
The department noted that efforts were well underway to prepare schools for the return of students under these unprecedented circumstances:
"The cleaning of schools and re-organisation of classrooms is currently underway in preparation for Grade 12 and 7 learners. The learners will have the whole school to themselves when they return on 1 June."
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