Article by: Dumisane Dube
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that schools will reopen as scheduled on Monday.
The Department of Basic Education had previously announced that schools will open on 15 February as they needed to monitor the second wave of COVID-19 in the country, this was a delay of two weeks from the initial set date of 27 January 2021.
According to the minister the first term starts on 15 February and will end 23 April. The second term will start on 3 May to 9 July.
The schools management teams started on 25 January and teachers started on 1 February for academic preparations as it was previously announced.
Minister Angie Motshekga said that while almost all schools were ready, provinces had made good progress.
Motshekga reiterated that the health and safety of teachers and learners still remains a top priority.
“We’ve also amended our school calendar for 2021 as published by the department confirming that tomorrow the 15th of February will be the first day for public schooling in 2021 and from the outset we want to emphasise that the health and the safety of our teachers, of our learners and our staff remains our top priority,” said Motshekga.
According to Minister Motshekga, a total of 1,169 educators had passed away as a result of COVID-19 from December to February. From 12 February, the number stands at 159.
Non-teacher staff that passed away during the period of December and January is 69.
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