BASIC Education Minister Angie Motshekga says some of the school work for some grades will be carried over to 2021 following disruptions brought about by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Motshekga said it could take three years for schools to recover from work missed in the 2020 academic year.
“In 2021, when the Grade 3 learners start we will start with Grade 2 work which we had removed from the curriculum,” said Motshekga.
She said this year’s curriculum will only see 70% of the syllabus completed by December.
“The catch-up programme might run for about three years; we don’t think we will finish the work of 2020/2021 in 2021, this is why I say it’s going to be a three-year programme to see if we can clock back what we have lost,” said Motshekga.
Motshekga said Grade 7 learners are expected to return next week Monday and the rest of the grades will be phased in from 24 August.
She said government cannot cancel the academic year because it will put pressure on the one million Grade R learners who will be registered into the 2021 academic system.
However, she added, Grade 12 learners are expected to complete the syllabus in order to make space for other learners to be entered into the education system in 2021.
“We need Grade 12s to move to allow space for the grade 1s, just to get the system to breathe,” said Motshekga.
(COMPILED BY INSIDE EDUCATION STAFF)