Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga held a media briefing today, following the President's announcement that schools will be closing on Wednesday.
On Sunday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that schools will be closing on 30 June instead of 2 July.
Minister Motshekga confirmed this will apply for learners in public and private schools, as government aims to ease the third wave pressure on hospitals.
“Public schools will come back from the winter vacation early, on 19 July 2021, instead of 26 July 2021 as it was originally scheduled in the 2021 school calendar,” said the Minister.
Unlike public and private schools, Early Childhood Development centres (ECDs) will remain open during this period.
The department will also be continuing with the vaccine rollout, as it aims to be done by 8 July 2021.
Motshekga has assured parents that schools will continue with learner support programmes for Grades 11 and 12.
These will operate under strict COVID-19 conditions, and learners will be provided with feeding scheme meals.
The Minister also said the May/June 2021 supplementary examinations will continue as planned, as not many learners have signed up for the exams.
Learners have been encouraged to make use of platforms such as WOZA Matrics in order to prepare and stay up to date with school work.
WOZA Matrics will be screening the 2021 Catch-Up Programme on the following platforms:
- Open-View Channel 122
- SABC 1
- DStv Catch-Up
- YouTube channels (as well as digital and mobile chat platforms.)
“These platforms were put in place to minimise the negative impact of COVID-19 on learning, and to provide further learning opportunities in the context of the restrictions that are currently in place.”