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Schools to reopen a week earlier – Angie

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Schools in South Africa will now reopen on 19 July, a week earlier, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced.

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, briefs the media to provide an update on the sector’s response to the impact of Covid-19 on schooling. Photo: Supplied/GCIS/Siyabulela Duda

SCHOOLS in South Africa will now reopen on 19 July, a week earlier, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced this week.

This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday announced schools would close this week instead of 9 July as the country moves to Adjusted Alert Level 4 lockdown to tackle the third wave and ease the burden on the healthcare workers, the government news site said.

On Sunday, the President told the nation that schools will shut their doors from Wednesday, 30 June and no longer 2 July 2021.

Motshekga said the Council of Education Ministers unanimously agreed that all learners in public, independent and private schools should close this coming Wednesday.

Meanwhile, according to the site, she told journalists that the School Management Teams, teachers, learners in hostel facilities and those with special education needs have until Friday, 2 July.

The Minister was addressing the media in the Free State on the Basic Education sector’s response to the impact of Covid-19 on schooling on Monday.

“Public schools will come back from the winter vacation early, on 19 July 2021, instead of 26 July 2021 as it was originally scheduled in the 2021 school calendar,” said the Minister.

According to Motshekga, all necessary arrangements will be made to continue with the feeding scheme, while the winter vacation learner support programme for Grades 11 and 12 will still operate under strict Covid-19 conditions.

The Minister said the May/June 2021 supplementary examinations would be undisrupted because very few candidates sit for the assessment.

In addition, schools designated as vaccination sites must remain open to continue with the inoculation programme.

“It is important that we all work together to complete the vaccination as soon as possible,” she said.

According to the Minister, there are now over 200 000 staffers who have been vaccinated in the sector and is confident that the department will meet the target of inoculating 582 564 by next week.

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