Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Monday briefed the media on the fundamental schooling sector’s response to the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic presently sweeping the nation.
Motshekga introduced that public colleges will reopen on 19 July after President Cyril Ramaphosa introduced on Sunday night the nation would transfer to stage 4 lockdown, with all colleges anticipated to shut from Wednesday.
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“By Wednesday, that’s the last day for pupils to be in schools. So, teaching will stop on Wednesday. Then we will use Thursday and Friday for teachers and managers to close the schools properly,” Motshekga mentioned, talking at Seemahale Secondary School in Botshabelo, Free State.
The minister mentioned the Council of Ministers of Education (CEM) met on Monday morning to deliberate on the nation’s transfer to stage 4 lockdown, which is about to final for two weeks.
The Free State province is on course to finish its vaccine roll-out programme for educators and school employees by Friday.
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These are the eight key factors from Motshekga’s deal with:
- Pupils in public and impartial or non-public colleges must be launched for the winter break on Wednesday, 30 June.
- School administration groups, teachers, pupils in hostel services, and pupils with particular schooling wants ready for mother and father to choose them up, ought to report at school till Friday, 2 July.
- Public colleges will reopen on 19 July as an alternative of 26 July because it was initially scheduled on this year’s school calendar.
- Schools will make the required preparations to proceed to offer meals to these pupils who’re beneficiaries of the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP).
- The ordinary winter trip learner assist programme for pupils in Grades 11 and 12 will proceed. These catch-up programmes are organised by provinces, districts and colleges. They are anticipated to proceed underneath very strict situations in compliance with the Covid-19 well being and security protocols.
- Pupils writing their May/June 2021 supplementary exams will proceed writing and marking will even proceed.
- The vaccination programme for the fundamental schooling sector employees will proceed as deliberate till 8 July. Workers are suggested to stick to their schedules and to strictly comply with Covid-19 protocols as stipulated within the rules.
- Schools designated as vaccination websites will stay open to proceed with the vaccination programme.
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