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Primary schools to return to normal timetable in July

Article by: Dumisane Dube

Primary school learning in the public sector will go back to regular school attendance as of July 26, 2021.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has gazetted and issued directions which state that primary school pupils must return to daily school attendance from 26 July provided that Covid-19 protocols are implemented.

According to the gazette, the schools must ensure all Covid-19 protocols are observed and utilize all the space in the school to ensure that there is no overcrowding. A primary school and a school for learners with special education needs that returns to the traditional timetabling model must utilize all the available rooms or spaces at the school to prevent overcrowding in a classroom

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), National Professional Teachers’ Organization of South Africa (Naptosa) and the South African Teachers’ Union (SAOU) has welcomed the return of daily classes for primary school pupils.

SADTU General Secretary Mugwena Maluleke says the union will be observing the behavior of the third wave and what scientists are saying.

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