Explainer: Motshekga's Covid-19 back-to-school plan published

Explainer: Motshekga's Covid-19 back-to-school plan published

- The Department of Basic Education has finally published the updated academic calendar for schools reopening

- Grade 7 and 12 students will be heading back to school on Monday, but the plan for other grades had remained unclear

- Briefly.co.za explores the game plan to slowly start resuming learning across the nation amid the Covid-19 pandemic

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The Department of Basic Education has gazetted the updated academic calendar for SA schools amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published on Friday, Minister Angie Motshekga had explained that the slow return of students would take place in phases, with the last group returning in August.

The minister made it clear that only schools that complied with health, safety and social distancing measures would be opening.

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Return to school dates:

  • 1 June 2020- Grade 7, Grade 12 and School of Skills Year 4
  • 6 July 2020- Early Childhood Development, Grade R, Grade 3, Grade 6, Grade 10, Grade 11, School of Skills Years 2 and 3
  • 3 August- Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 8, Grade 9, School of Skills Year 1

Parents who did not want to send their children to school are compelled to apply to the head of the department in terms of section 4 of the South African Schools Act.

These parents will then be responsible for applying for homeschooling under the same act.

Other key directives included in this release are as follows:

  • All events at schools – including sports and cultural festivals – have been suspended until designated by the minister;
  • The May/June matric examinations have been moved to November/December;
  • The procedure to apply for a permit for learners who travel between provinces, districts or metropolitan areas;
  • The procedure for symptom screening at schools;
  • Each teacher must be provided with at least two masks and no learners may be allowed onto school premises without a mask;
  • All schools must develop a workplace plan;
  • Social distancing measures of 1.5 metres should be observed in every school;
  • The national curriculum has been ‘trimmed’ to make up for lost teaching times;
  • No parents may then learners to school if they have any symptoms of Covid-19.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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