The Department of Basic Education has again amended the day primary learners to return to school from the 02 of August as per updated government gazette published the latest school reopening calendar. This follows after re-opening of schools on the 19th of July was questioned and opposed by many teacher unions The unions unanimously expressed the unsafe potential posed to learners with the third wave of the virus still ripping through the country.
Basic Education Minister has been adamant on the opening of school expressing the danger of further postponement it will have on the education of learners. "Schools will reopen on July 26, 2021, for all learners (Grade R to 12) to return to the daily or weekly rotational timetable model."
The minister further advised the schools and governing bodies to use the time between the 26th up to the 2nd of August to prepare primary school to return to normal 5-day attendance. The schools are to prepare learners to adhere to strict Covid-19 protocols as set by the Coronavirus Command Council. For those who want to register for vaccination can do so online. Click Here for registration.
Primary Learners To Return To School from the 02 August as per updated Government Gazette has raised again a lot of criticism from all walks of life. Parents are still feeling unsafe with their kids returning full time. Teacher unions have expressed the lack of readiness of schools in winter especially with the current infection rates still high and the new Delta variant still uncontrollable and being difficult to manage and hyper contagious. The teachers have been given a chance and have been vaccinated however they still raised a concern on the learners not being vaccinated and risk they still pose especially to those suffering with comorbidities. Learners have been eager to return to school though they face a huge task ahead of covering the curriculum which in less than half completed even though we are have passed half of the year.