South Africa: School's Out - Nationwide Reopening Postponed, but Western Cape Won't Wait

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Hours before learners in Grades 8 and 12 were due to return to school on Monday 1 June, the Department of Basic Education announced the reopening has been postponed by a week. Western Cape, however, has urged learners to attend class.

The Department of Basic Education has postponed the reopening of schools by a week to implement safety and health measures to protect learners and staff from Covid-19.

Learners in Grades 7 and 12, the first batch of learners who were due to return to school on Monday after spending 10 weeks at home during the lockdown, are now expected to return to class a week later, on 8 June, the department announced in a statement on Sunday evening.

Teachers, management and non-teaching staff are still required to return to work on Monday to prepare for the return of learners next week.

"Provincial and district officials should ensure that health, safety, and social distancing requirements are strictly adhered to when teachers arrive," said the department.

"This whole coming week must be used for the proper orientation and training of teachers, the mopping and ramping of all supply chain matters, and final touches to the readiness of each facility for the...

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