Schools ready to reopen, depending on Ramaphosa’s address

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga says schools are ready to reopen, depending on President Cyril Ramaphosa's address tomorrow.

Schools ready to reopen, depending on Ramaphosa’s address

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga says the education sector is in agreement across the board and is ready for the reopening of schools on Monday, 26 July 2021, depending on confirmation by the President tomorrow.

Motshekga held a briefing on schools’ preparedness to welcome pupils amid the third wave of Covid-19, on Saturday in Pretoria.

EDUCATION SECTOR READY FOR SCHOOLS TO REOPEN

Motshekga said School Management Teams and support staff, have already gone back to work, as from Thursday, 22 July 2021, to prepare for the return of learners and teachers on Monday, 26 July 2021.

“Based on the information obtained from provinces, schools are ready to continue to work within the established COVID-19 health protocol, also to start resuming full school attendance in the primary schools from the 2nd August 2021.  

“The Sector continues to be committed, and at all times we are ready to maintain a balance between saving lives and livelihoods, while fighting the coronavirus pandemic.”

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga

There has been growing concerns about the readiness of schools as the country battles the COVID-19 Delta variant and schools in Gauteng and KZN were vandalised and looted during the unrest.

Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said on Friday that South Africa is now over the worst of the pandemic’s third wave.

“All indications are that we have passed the peak of the third wave and the overall number of cases have started to decline,” said Kubayi-Ngubane.

Motshekga added that the Director-General is continuing to convene one-on-one meetings with the Heads of the Provincial Education Departments, to ensure that there is continuous sharing of experiences and working together

This week, the government also released the proposed calendar for 2022 this week, with classes set to begin again after the summer break on 12 January and ends on 17 March. However, for the coastal cluster, the first term begins on 19 January and ends on 25 March. 

READ: 2022 school calendar revealed: Education Department confirms dates

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