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Public schools to reopen on 19 July, says Motshekga

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says public schools throughout the nation will reopen on 19 July.

This after President Cyril Ramaphosa introduced on Sunday night the closure of schools and different instructional establishments for the winter holidays can be introduced ahead.



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Schools are anticipated to begin closing from (*19*) due to the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa, which has seen a number of schools closed due to a surge in infections.

Motshekga stated all schools, together with non-public establishments, will likely be anticipated to be closed by the tip of the week.

“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,” she stated.

The minister was talking on Monday at Seemahale Secondary School in Botshabelo, Free State the place she was giving an replace on her division’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Motshekga stated 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 14 days.

She appealed to dad and mom to make preparations for pupils in boarding amenities and people with particular schooling wants to be collected by Friday.

“If you have a child who is somewhere in the Western Cape at a special school, please make arrangements that at the latest, if not by Wednesday, by Friday at 12.30pm there should be no pupil in our hostels and any of our facilities.”

Motshekga stated schools ought to make preparations for the remaining three days for pupils who’re beneficiaries of the National School Nutrition Programme to proceed to obtain their meals.

Education sector vaccinations

Motshekga additionally stated the Covid-19 vaccination programme for academics and faculty employees will proceed till 8 July.

So far, greater than 200 000 college employees have been vaccinated all through the nation, with the Free State anticipated to be accomplished with its vaccine roll-out programme on Friday.

“The announcement that schools close on Friday, doesn’t mean our vaccination programme stops on Friday. Teachers should come as scheduled,” Motshekga stated.

Motshekga stated the CEM agreed that the winter trip catch-up programme for pupils in Grades 11 and 12 would go forward beneath strict Covid-19 well being and security protocols.

“Unfortunately, some of these camps are residential camps. So, we are requesting provinces to cancel all residential camps because they can be super spreaders,” she stated.

The minister stated there have been pupils nonetheless writing their supplementary exams and this could proceed.

“And because they’re very few, they normally would not exceed 50 [pupils] per room. Supplementary exams continue and the marking will continue.”

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