School attendance is set to resume with full time attendance by learners on 07 February Monday, for both primary and secondary level.
Angie Motshekga confirmed on Sunday the return of full time attendance for learners despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic at hand. Motshekga assured parents and learners that protocols will still be adhered to, in means of preventing the spread of the virus.
This decision comes post the decision taken by the cabinet, to make changes on the Adjusted Level 1 focusing on the schools attendance. Motshekga says the choice was made to accommodate pupils in making the effort where their education will not be disturbed and cover the curriculum year as expected. The minister further mentioned temporary teachers and youth employment program will assist in filling up the gap of the losses of educators who lost their lives to Covid-19.
Sanatizing and washing of hands is still a priority, the distance is now reduced from 2.5 to 1.5 meter apart with learners expected to wear their masks at all time.
The shortage and delay of textbooks to schools are a setback at the moment, however she says 90% of the delivery has been made apart from the Eastern Cape which has delayed budget.
The department of education is positive with the change and expect all learners to be back at school on Monday morning