” We sadly lost the lives of 11 instructors and 4 non-teaching personnel in the Eastern Cape to the virus; as well as three learners, who are reported to have caught Covid-19″
” We should continually advise South Africans that schools are a direct microcosm of societies in which they are located. Daily, we see an extraordinary rise in Covid-19 infections, due to a variety of factors, consisting of non-compliance with the health, security and social distancing protocols on Covid-19
” What we see in our neighborhoods, is the same phenomenon that is beginning to creep into our schools. Considering that our grade 7 and 12 students went back to school on June 8 2020, 968 of the 25,762 schools were closed and resumed.
” This is nearly 4%of the overall number of public and independent schools in our nation.”
Motshekga stated on Thursday that only grades R, 6 and 11 would return on Monday.
This was a change to earlier plans gazetted on June 29 specifying that grades 1, 2, 3 and 10 would also return on Monday.
The basic education department confessed to cutting the number of students going back to class due to the fact that the experience of the previous month had actually suggested that schools would be overwhelmed, reported the Sunday Times
However a minimum of 3 provinces have chosen to stop the go back to school of grade R students, SowetanLIVE reported on Sunday.