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MEC Debbie Schafer: Re-Opening of Schools In Western Cape Not Possible

Nyakallo Tefu

MEC for Education Debbie Schafer says learners in the Western Cape will not return to school next as announced by Basic Education Department on Wednesday.

Schäfer said the dates announced by Basic Education Director-General Hubert Mweli were not definite and do not constitute an official announcement.  

Mweli on Wednesday announced that schools will be re-opened on the 6th of May, starting with matriculants and Grade 7. 

“The departments announcement has caused an understandable level of confusion and anxiety for schools, teachers and parents”, said Schäfer. 

“The national Minister of Basic Education is scheduled to make an announcement tomorrow morning on the plan to reopen schools, and we will only be in a position to comment in more detail after that.  However, we will not be in a position to receive learners next week.”

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