Around 6-million pupils expected in schools for second phase

Schools are gearing up to accept more grades on the 6th of July. But, some teachers and parents are worried. They're concerned over the safety of children as the country sees a surge in Covid-19 cases. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - About 6 million more pupils are expected back at school on 6 July.

This is as government continues to open up learning and industries to help the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

However, parents are concerned about the safety of their children as COVID-19 cases rise.

Reopening of schools: Dates announced for other grades

The Department of Basic Education says they're doing what they can to ensure measures are taken to keep pupils safe from the virus.

“We have been doing a lot of work to prepare for the next cohort of learners that are coming back on the 6th of July. It's a large number. It's about 6-million of them who are coming back. Provinces have been focusing on the preparations,” Department of Basic Education spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga.

Mhlanga said the department was concerned about the Eastern Cape and Limpopo, especially on the provision of water.

These are grades that are expected back on 6 July, according to government's gazette on reopening of schools:

  • Early Childhood Development (ECD);
  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • School of Skills: Years 2 and 3
  • Schools for Learners with Severe Intellectual Disabilities (SID): Grades R, 1, 2, 3 and 6; and
  • Special Care Centres for Learners with Severe and Profound Intellectual Disabilities  (LSPID): Years 1-3

The last phase of grades is expected back on 3 August

  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • School of Skills: Year 1; and
  • Schools for Learners with Severe Intellectual Disabilities  (SID): Grades 4 and 5

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About 6 million more pupils are expected back at school on 6 July. This is as government continues to open up learning and industries to help the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Courtesy #DStv403

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