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The Education Minister's clarity on school reopening.

According to the education source, the minister will give clarity on Thursday 30 April. "There are protocols that need to be followed" said Mweli on the source. Also the Director-general added that the proposed dates for school reopening will be finalised on Thursday. The following are guidelines of the proposal of social distancing for schools:

🔗Physical distancing in classrooms, no more than two Lena sharing desks.

🔗Cloth face masks to be worn by all students and teachers at all times.

🔗no mass events , sports ,matches coral practices and festival permitted.

During the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education briefing, Mweli noted the proposed amended school calendar for Grade 7 and 12 as follows:

Term 2:

🔗Startfor teachers: 4 May

🔗Start for learners: 6 May

🔗End of term: 26 July

Term 3:

🔗Start: 3 August

🔗End: 23 September

Term 4:

🔗Start: 28 September

🔗End for learners: 9 December

🔗End for teachers: 11 December

The phasing in approach

In line with Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s directive, the department of basic education has proposed a ‘phased in’ approach to schooling post-lockdown.

Note: The finalisation of all above proposals will be addressed by Motshekga during the department’s official media briefing on Thursday 30 April at 10:00.

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