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‘Full-time’ return of all primary school pupils on the cards


The Department of Basic Education is set to make a decision and an announcement is expected to be made this week

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THE DEPARTMENT of Basic Education is considering the possibility of all primary school pupils returning to school “full-time” due to the amount of time that has been lost due to the pandemic.

In a statement on Sunday, the department said it was all systems go for the start of the second term and it was ready to welcome back teachers, staff and pupils.

The Council of Education ministers, deputy ministers and all MECs were expected to hold a meeting on Thursday and Friday to deliberate on key issues affecting the basic education sector and the impact of Covid-19, among others.

The department said the proposal that all primary school pupils return to class was being considered at the National Joint Operational Structure where the department had delivered a presentation.

A decision and announcement are expected to be made this week.

In the interim, the department said the rotational system used by schools would continue.

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