Education Department urges pupils to keep learning

Today would have been the first day of the second school term. But that was before the coronavirus pandemic forced government to close schools early and implement a 21-day lockdown. The Basic Education Department is encouraging pupils to continue working on their lessons.#21daylockdownSA #Day5 #Covid19inSA Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Tuesday would have been the first day of the second school term, but the academic year has been delayed due to the national 21-day lockdown.

The Department of Basic Education is encouraging pupils to continue working on their lessons.

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The Department has entered into partnerships with the SABC, telecommunication companies, and even local radio stations to communicate lessons to pupils in all areas of the country.

Elijah Mhlanga, a spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education, said there was an expectation that schools would reopen in April, however, the progression of the regulations against the COVID-19 spread of infection has made this unlikely.

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Mhlanga said the department will be "playing it by ear" and adapting to the changing conditions under the pandemic.

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