Basic Education Minister To Hold Media Briefing



Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will be holding a media briefing this weekend.

The Minister is expected to speak on Saturday, 19 June at 2pm. The department released a statement saying the Minister will provide an update on the state of schools during the briefing.

"The Minister will use the opportunity to address other matters affecting the basic education sector in the context of Covid-19."

With the recent move to lockdown level 3, the Minister is expected to address how the school system will be moving forward. 

On June 15 the President announced that South Africa will be moving from alert level 2 to level 3.

This was done in light of the third wave and an increase in Covid-19 cases. As of 17 June, there are a total of 104 437 active Covid-19 cases. 

Schools are expected to return to the traditional timetable system, starting on Monday 26 July 2021. 

The Basic Education Department aims to do this by following a risk adjusted strategy for learners in grades R to 7. 

The Minister is expected to use the media briefing to push back this date or to give a detailed plan about how the department will continue with the plan despite the third wave. 

"A risk adjusted strategy differentiated strategy means an approach to school attendance that is determined by the direction the Covid-19 pandemic is taking in the district municipality and country.

"Where practicable, a primary school, a school for learners with special education needs that returns to school the traditional timetabling model and school hostels must comply with the social distancing, minimum health and safety measures on Covid-19, as contemplated in these direction, the DBE Standard Operating Procedures and Regulations" said the department in a statement. 

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