Schools reopening postponed to February

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga |

Deputy Minister of Basic Education Regina Mhaule announced today that learners will  return to school on Monday, 15 February 2021.Schools were supposed to open on the 27th of January 2021.

School Management Teams (SMTs) shall report for duty on Monday, 25 January 2021.

Mhaule said the coronavirus has turned lives upside down, and decision-making for a sector as large as basic education, has become a difficult exercise.

“The SMTs will go first to prepare for the return of teachers; and the teachers will prepare for the return of learners.  Schools will use the time to finalise outstanding matters, regarding admissions, especially the unplaced learners in certain cases.”

The Deputy Minister added that the Department of Basic Education will work closely with all nine Provincial Education Departments, “to establish the true extent of the impact of the virus, resulting from the unfortunate demise of educators, workers and leaders in the sector, especially during the December / January holidays.”

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