UPDATE (5/7/20): In a briefing on Sunday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga confirmed that not all Grade R students will return to school, as some of the schools are not ready. She urged that provinces that are not ready for Grade R learners by Monday must present strategic plans for their return by the end of July.
“Provinces are at different levels of readiness to receive Grade R learners. Those who are not ready must provide strategic plans to ensure the reincorporation of Grade R learners by no later than the end of July.”
On Monday, Grade 6, Grade 11 and some of Grade R learners will return to school.
The Department of Basic Education confirmed on Thursday that only Grade R, Grade 6 and Grade 11 learners will return to school on Monday, 6 July 2020.
The Department is using the pashed approach to reopen schools while containing the spread of COVID-19.
The decision affects all provinces. The other grades will be phased during the month of July in a differentiated approach within the stipulated time frames as per the gazette of 29 June 2020 as published by the Minister.
We will adjust the reopening phases on the risk-adjusted strategy which is a considered attempt to balance our approach to School reopening taking into account all factors that affect the work we do.
Minister, Angie Motshekga further confirmed that other grades will be phased this month of July. The Minister will host a media briefing during this weekend to elaborate on the revised plans.