- The Department of Basic Education has confirmed the return dates for some grades and many parents across the country are feeling rather relieved
- This comes as the state continues to implement a phased approach to the reopening of schools
- Six more grades will now be returning on 6 July as part of this plan and the department has assured all parents that safety is a priority
The Department of Basic Education has confirmed more return dates for some grades amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Briefly.co.za reported that the first batch of students had returned on 1 June after multiple delays in the phased approach to reopening SA schools.
The following grades will now be returning to school on 6 July:
- Grade R
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 6
- Grade 10
- Grade 11
Schools that meet specific criteria were encouraged to welcome back more pupils before official dates.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga had gazetted these new regulations, effectively green-lighting the second intake of pupils with the final intake expected in August.
Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga explained that schools wishing to fully open should approach the provincial education head:
“There are schools that have approached us to say that they meet all the requirements and they have smaller number of learners and they can receive all of their learners from the other grades much sooner than we have suggested.
"They are free to notify the head of education in the provincial education department they can do that but in summary the entire set of directions will emphasise on the whole issue of safety for both teachers and learners.”
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