BASIC Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the reopening of schools was on track despite 16 117 learners still waiting for their admissions to be confirmed.
Briefing the media on the state of readiness of schools on Sunday, Motshekga said all provinces were experiencing a high demand for space in schools, especially in Grades 1 and 8.
“The Council of Education Ministers (CEM) met yesterday and the matter of school admission, was identified as critical, because the system cannot afford to see any learners being left behind. It was agreed that provinces would work with speed to place all the learners in the next week,” said Motshekga.
“CEM appeals to parents and guardians to cooperate with officials at the District level, in order to accelerate the placement process.”
Motshekga also gave an update on the 2020 matric examinations, saying for the first time in history of the National Senior Certificate exams in South Africa, the department had to administer combined exams involving more than 1 million candidates.
“We must say, that the exams were administered well, barring a few glitches there and there,” said Motshekga.
“I must report that we are on schedule for the release of the 2020 NSC exam results on 22 February 2021; and candidates should get their statements of results, on 23 February 2021 from their schools.”
Motshekga also gave an update on the impact of the coronavirus on the basic education sector.
She said the latest available figures indicate that 1 169 educators have passed away as a direct result of COVID-19.
“This year alone, up to Friday, 12 February, the number of deceased educators stands at 159; while for non-teaching staff we have recorded 63 deaths. This is really heart-breaking, and we convey our sincere condolences to the affected families,” said Motshekga.
(SOURCE: INSIDE POLITICS)