Education department confirms two-week delay in reopening schools

15 January 2021 - 09:14 By TimesLIVE
Public and private schools across the country will reopen on February 15.
Public and private schools across the country will reopen on February 15.
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The basic education department on Friday confirmed the reopening of schools has been postponed to February 15.

“Given the pressure experienced by the health system in the past few weeks, occasioned by increased Covid-19 infections which has led to the second wave, the council of education ministers in conjunction with the national coronavirus command council and cabinet has taken the decision to delay the reopening of both public and private schools by two weeks,” deputy basic education minister Reginah Mhaule told a media briefing.

Basic education deputy minister, Dr. Makgabo Mhaule, announced that the reopening of both public and private schools has been postponed by at least two weeks. Mhaule said this was due to the 'strained' healthcare system amid the second wave of Covid-19 infections.

“This includes private schools that have already reopened . They will need to postpone their reopening to a later date. This is to provide relief to the health system which is already struggling to cope with demands.”

Mhaule said new dates for the reopening of private schools would vary depending on the calendar they follow.

For public schools and private schools which follow the same calendar, changes are as follows:

  • school management teams will report for duty on January 25;
  • teachers will follow on February 1; and
  • pupils will return February 15.

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