Department of Basic Education
The basic education minister, Angie Motshekga, has welcomed the announcement by President Ramaphosa regarding the Cabinet decision on the school break.
The President announced that Cabinet had taken a decision to allow public schools to go on a break for four weeks.
In a statement, the basic education department pointed out that the sector successfully managed to reopen schools in a phased-approach in June after the forced closure in March due to COVID-19.
The department added that more grades have been phased in and the attendance rate has been satisfactory.
“It is important to bear in mind that the latest opinions of the Ministerial Advisory Committee, medical and science experts is that learners are better at school than in communities and homes where the infections are actually taking place,” said minister Motshekga.
The department emphasized that the “basic education system needs to be afforded the opportunity and space to gradually settle in dealing with the new normal of operating under COVID- 19, in line with the Risks Adjusted Differentiated Approach in Reopening schools”.
According to the minister, the break will allow schools to prepare for the return of more grades in school later in August.
“Schools must make arrangements with parents for learners to get work or materials for them to remain fully engaged during the break. Learners should also be given work as they collect food or when they leave on 24 July 2020,” the minister said.