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Basic Education Dept confident over full return to school

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is confident that schools will be able to successfully scrap the rotational timetable introduced to curb the spread of covid-19 two years ago. Briefing the nation ahead of students return to full classrooms tomorrow, Motshekga says the Council of Education ministers convened on Friday and confirmed that schools are ‘ready for the new norm’. Watch the full briefing here:
Meanwhile, Education minister in the Western Cape Debbie Schafer expressed disappointment over the delay in official directives from national government.  Although students will not need to social distance by 1m, masks must be worn. Schafer pointed to concerns around overcrowding and the loss of learning experienced. She called on parents to co-operate with officials.
“Experts agree that the risks posed by Covid are outweighed by the loss of learning. We will, of course, monitor the situation very closely, and if we need to make adjustments, we will do so.So I appeal to the residents of the Western Cape to support our schools in this endeavour, and not to disrupt schooling in any way.”

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