Grade 6, 11 and some grade Rs will be in class for the first time in almost four months. Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says they've learmt lessons from the first group who resumed schooling last month. eNCA's Slindelo Masikane is in Johannesburg and eNCA reporter Monique Mortlock is visiting schools in Cape Town. Courtesy #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - Basic education minister Angie Motshekga gave more detail on the phased return of pupils to school on Sunday.
Authorities have said they hope schools will reach some sort of normality by August 2020.
Motshekga held a media briefing, on the readiness of other grades who are expected to return from 6 July.
The minister also reported on the state of schools following the return of Grade 7's and 12's last month.
Motshekga said the Department has consulted with medical and other scientific professionals on the steps forward and considered reports submitted by various stakeholders.
The minister said that since the reopening of schools, 968 facilities out of 26,000 were closed and opened due to COVID-19 infections.
Eleven teachers and four non-teaching staff in the Eastern Cape, as well as three pupils, were reported to have died as a result of COVID-19 complications.
Motshekga explained the phased approach has been further delayed, "we are still unable to have all learners return to school at once".
Initially, all grades were scheduled to return to school with the exception of Grades 4, 8, and 9.
This has been reduced to Grades R, 6 and 11, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.
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