Schools ready to receive pupils on Monday

Johannesburg – The Department of Basic Education said it’s ready to welcome the remainder of the grades back to school on Monday.

With the school year expected to conclude on 15 December due to a trimmed down curriculum, the grace to revive the academic calendar is in motion.

Those in special needs facilities return to school after five months of remote learning.

All public schools in the country were forced to close last month after Cabinet decided on a four week break following concerns about increasing Covid-19 infections.

Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said pupils will have to re-adjust to the new normal and urged parents to mentally prepare their children for the change.

‘Mhlanga further said schools must continue to practice social distancing and provide a timetable model to ensure there is not overcrowding.

The department has warned that the effects of the pandemic will be with schools for at least three years and work not finished will be carried over to the next year.

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