- Schools have been scrambling to cancel what would have been the first day back at school for Grade 7 and 12 learners on Monday
- This comes after Minister Angie Motshekga cancelled a briefing on the reopening date at the eleventh hour on Sunday evening
- The Department has since communicated that learners will instead return on June 8
South African schools have been scrambling to prepare for the return of students amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Monday was the official, gazetted return date for Grade 7 and 12 learners but it appears as if the plan has fallen apart.
Briefly.co.za reported that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga had been expected to address the nation on the state of readiness for schools to reopen.
The minister instead opted to cancel the briefing with citizens condemning the lack of decisive leadership at such a critical time.
With confusion reigning over a sensitive moment in the government's response, it has emerged that many schools have since cancelled the return date in favour of waiting for the minister's address.
In a statement issued by the government, it was confirmed that students would instead return on 8 June:
"This whole coming week must be used for the proper orientation and training of teachers, the mopping and ramping of all supply chain matters, and final touches to the readiness of each facility for the arrival of learners. The date on which Grade 7 and 12 learners have to report back to school, is the 08 June 2020. We have however received reports that indicate that some learners in boarding schools have already arrived."
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