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South African schools to reopen on June 8

South African schools to reopen on June 8, the Department of Basic Education announced on Sunday.

South African schools to reopen on June 8, the Department of Basic Education announced on Sunday.

Published May 31, 2020

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South African schools are to reopen on June 8, the Department of Basic Education announced on Sunday.

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The announcement followed the postponement of Minister Angie Motshekga’s national address regarding the school’s readiness for the reopening, which was scheduled to take place on Monday.

“The date on which all learners have to report back to school is June 8, 2020. We have however received reports that indicate that some learners in boarding schools have already arrived.

“We urge the schools to continue with orientation of the learners in terms of the health and safety procedures that should be in place,” the statement read.

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The Department held meetings with the association representing independent schools over the weekend and it was agreed on how they should proceed regarding the reopening of their schools.

The department said the change of plans was due to the Council of Education Minister concern that in some provinces personal protective equipment for learners, in particular, had not been received; and some schools had not been made ready for the arrival of teachers and learners.

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