- The Department of Basic Education has amended the grades returning to school next week
- It was determined that only Grades 6, 11 and R would be allowed to return to school on Monday
- The Department said that it cannot ignore the rising Covid-19 infections and therefore the plan was adjusted accordingly
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The Department of Education has amended the grades returning to school on July 6.
In a statement released it was announced that only three of the grades slotted to return would be phased in next week:
"After careful consideration of all the reports CEM took a decision that only Grade 6, Grade 11 and Grade R will return to school on Monday, 06th July 2020."
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The other grades are expected to be phased in during the month of July with the statement continuing that:
“We will adjust the reopening phases based on the risk-adjusted strategy which is a considered attempt to balance our approach to School Reopening taking into account all factors that affect the work we do. We are guided in this by an observation of the rising numbers of community transmissions throughout the country."
Before the amendments, the following grades had been expected to return:
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 6
- Grade 10
- Grade 11
The last phase of grades is expected to return on 3 August:
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
- Grade 8
- Grade 9
- School of Skills: Year 1; and
- Schools for Learners with Severe Intellectual Disabilities (SID): Grades 4 and 5
Briefly.co.za reported that the department had announced that multiple infections had been recorded within the system, prompting schools to close, with Covid-19 cases expected to spike dramatically in coming days.
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