The next phase of school reopening will take place next month, with around 6 million more pupils expected back in schools on 6 July.
The directions issued by the Department of Education confirmed the date of 6 July 2020 as the date for the following grades to go back to school,
- Pre-Grade R; Grade R; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 6; Grade 10; Grade 11;
- Schools of Skill: Years 2 and 3;
- Schools for Learners with Severe Intellectual Disabilities (“SID”): Grades R, 1, 2, 3 and final year (Occupational);
- Schools with Learners with Severe and Profound Intellectual Disabilities (“LSPID”): Years 1-3; and
- Schools with autistic learners: Junior Group (below 13 years) and final year (18 years and above)
Basil Manuel from the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) said there is need for more communication with regards to how the phased reopening of schools will be carried out from the 6th of July.
While speaking on eNCA he said he had heard plans that the phased reopening could mean 1 grade allowed to return to school per day from the 6th.
Quickly adding that this information had not been clearly communicated to parents.
“So on the sixth we are going to have this huge cohort of children arriving, there wont be enough classes for them and there is going to be a bit of chaos,” he said.
Manuel said this coming week, the Department of Basic Educations and the schools will need to effectively and efficiently communicate the plan for the phased reopening of schools.
“What I am pleading for is more communication, better communication and better direction,”he added.