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Schools poised to reopen on 6 May, according to dept

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The proposed date for the reopening of schools during the national lockdown period is 4 May. The first batch of students in Grade 7 and 12 can be expected to enter the classroom on 6 May. This is according to a draft proposal submitted by the Department of Basic Education to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Education. Addressing the media at a virtual briefing on Wednesday morning, department officials outlined the key aspects of the proposal.

Grades will be phased in:

Grade 11 – 20 May
Grade 10 – 03 June
Grade 9 – 17 June
Grade 8 – 01 July
Grade 6 – 20 May
Grade 5 – 03 June
Grade 4 – 17 June
Grade 3 – 01 July
Grade 1 & 2 – 08 July
Grade R – 15 July

Furthermore, schools will be expected to follow standard procedures, such as daily screening (temperature checks) of pupils and teachers done at the re-opening of schools. Pupils/staff present with raised temperatures will be considered for isolation and testing.

Minister Angie Motshekga is due to present the plan to Cabinet this afternoon. The minister will make a public announcement on Thursday or Friday.

Below is a breakdown of the tentative dates set by the Education Department:


Meanwhile, the disruptions on the academic year could have huge implications for Grade 12’s. Here is how the exams could be facilitated:

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