Article by: Dumisani Dube.
The Department of Basic Education has revised the 2021 calendar for the schools reopening for teachers and learners, this is after the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) together with other stakeholders made a plea to the department to suspend the reopening of schools this month over concerns of the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in South Africa.
Cosas spokesperson, Douglas Ngobeni, says they had talks with the department of education regarding the delay of reopening of schools, and the department agreed to delay the reopening by two weeks.
“we welcome the postponement of the reopening of schools because we believe that there should be measures put in place for the safety of our children but we hope the postponement is not for selfish reasons, when schools are closed in this nature tenders should also be closed”, explains Ngobeni.
Schools across the country are now expected to reopen on 01 February for teachers and 15 February for learners, however January fees must still be paid.
According to the department, the new dates for reopening of private schools will vary depending on the calendar that they follow.