Its been a week of speculation and negotiations and going through some health protocols to ensure that schools are safe and social distancing regulations are set so that pupils students and teachers are safe.
Department of Basic Education (DBE) minister Angie Motshekga has confirmed at a press conference that schools will reopen to Grade 7 and 12 learners on 8 June.
Provinces expended their energies to ensure that all prerequisites not yet fulfilled on 30 May 2020, were attended to during the mop-up week from 01 June 2020.
All of these reports confirm we have really moved a long way to be ready to teach on June 8,” said Motshekga
Motshekga said it was agreed that the extra week had ensured drastically improved readiness levels. The agreements came as a result of meetings held by the Council of Education Ministers (CEM) which met on Thursday 4 June and another with sector partners held on Saturday.
DBE director-general Mathanzima Hubert Mweli said that according to DBE data, 97.6% of South African schools are ready to accept learners in terms of their facilities.
This translates to 23,100 of 23,675 schools whose facilities are ready to take learners from 8 May.
Additionally, chief executive of Rand Water Sipho Mosai said that Rand Water has been able to provide water tanks to 2,443 of the 2,634 schools that needed them.
Mweli reminded the public that it will only be 13.4% of all South African learners (1.6 million of a 13.1 million total) that will be received by schools on Monday due to the staggered reopening strategy.
Since not all schools are ready for the Grades 7 and 12, the Department of Basic Education has suggested that the affected students be sent to nearby schools, using excess boarding school facilities, and putting learners in camps.