Last week, the DBE announced that the reopening of schools would take place on 15 February 2021, which is two weeks later than the initial date. This decision has caused some to be concerned about how it will affect the academic year.
Schools around South Africa will reopen 15 Februrary, two weeks after it was initially meant to open. The Democratic Alliance says although the date of reopening was pushed to February many questions remain unanswered.
On Friday morning, Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Reginah Mhaule, addressed whether schools will be reopening as scheduled or later which could also then affect the 2021 school calendar. This announcement follows meetings with the National Coronavirus Command Council.
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) will now hold consultations on the openings of the 2021 school year as we still experience this pandemic. They will be monitoring schools to check whether they are ready to reopen and to also ensure that it can be done safely.
With schools reopening soon and no word from the Department on it being pushed back yet, National Teachers' Union believes that schools are not ready to open yet with concerns about teachers being raised as well.