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Motshekga’s U-turn: Only Grade 6, 11 and Grade R Will Return To School On Monday

NYAKALLO TEFU

FOLLOWING a high-level meeting with the Council of Education Ministers (CEM), the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced on Thursday that only Grade 6, Grade 11 and Grade R will return to school on Monday.

Previously, learners in Grade R, 1, 2, 3, 6, 10 and 11 were set to return on July 6 in what the department has called a phased-in approach. 

Motshekga hosted the CEM on Thursday, and the meeting of the Minister, Deputy Minister and all MECs of Education accompanied by Heads of Education Departments, received and considered five reports focusing on key areas in the basic education sector amid the COVID-19 environment. 

“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,” said Motshekga.

The minister said she will host a media briefing at the weekend to elaborate on the revised plans with the goal of phasing in the remaining Grades to allow our Schools to reach normality by August 2020.    

“We are guided in this by an observation of the rising numbers of community transmissions throughout the country. We recognize that schools are based in communities and learners live in the same affected communities and therefore a careful balancing act must be maintained,” said Motshekga. 

(Compiled by Inside Education staff)

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