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LIVE FEED: Education department briefs nation on plans to re-open schools

By IOL Reporter Time of article published Jan 15, 2021

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DURBAN - PARENTS and teachers are expected to be glued to their screens this morning as Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, hosts a media briefing on the opening of schools amid the country's second wave of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.

While some private and independent schools have already kicked off the 2021 school year, teacher unions are calling on government delay the re-opening of schools.

According to the 2021 school calendar, most schools will open on January 25 for teachers and school staff and two days later for pupils.

This week, a senior delegation from the Department of Basic Education met with several unions to discuss their back to school concerns.


Scelo Bhengu, of the Educators Union of South Africa, said they were against the re-opening of the schools in the middle of a pandemic.

Echoing fellow teacher unions' sentiments, the National Teachers Union said they did not believe that it was in the best interests of the children for schools to re-open.

As per President Cyril Ramaphosa's latest address, the country remains on an adjusted level 3 lockdown. This is due to a major spike in Covid cases in the last three weeks.

SA has a total of 1 296 806 Covid cases with 1 0 49 740 recoveries. A total of 35 852 Covid-related deaths have been recorded.


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