Schools are expected to reopen in stages from the planned date of 6 May, though this may change, MPs have heard. Feedback from ministers of the social cluster was that could be more feasible 18 May.
Only pupils in grades 7 and 12 are allowed to return to school on the first day.
Grade 11 and Grade 6 pupils are expected to start two weeks later, followed by pupils in other grades every two weeks before the anticipated return of Grade R pupils on 15 July.
The dates are in line with the proposal for a phased approach to reopening schools, which was addressed to the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education and the Select Committee on Education, Technology, Arts and Culture on Wednesday morning by Department of Basic Education Director General Mathanzima Mweli.
However, later in the briefing, after MPs challenged the feasibility of reopening schools on May 6, deputy minister of basic education Reginah Mhaule said the proposal had been presented to the ministers' social cluster on Tuesday, who said that May 6 is not achievable.
"Our kids are going to school on the 18th," Mhaule concluded her speech to the conference.
Better to have an uneducated child than to have a dead one, 2020 academic year must be scrambled!
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