Angie Motshekga

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.
Image source: Flickr

EVERYONE back at school: Department all systems go for Monday

Schools across the country are go back to full in-person learning from Monday. Education Minister Angie Motshekga has provided new details.

Angie Motshekga

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.
Image source: Flickr

Not everyone is happy about it. But from Monday the 7th of February, schools across the country will all return to in-full daily in-person attendance. This is a big change for primary, secondary and special schools across the country. Since the pandemic began, many of these schools have been carrying out “rotational learning”. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says all systems are a go for the big day.

Angie Motshekga: We’ve consulted, now we’re ready

In a press conference on Sunday, Motshekga revealed that her department has been in consultations with several stakeholders in the education sector. Motshekga says that while some concerns were raised about the full return, the issues are being dealt with.

ALSO READ – Arson suspected: Fire in basement of iconic St George’s Cathedral

The overall response? The minister says there has been “overwhelming” support for the full return of learners to daily attendance. The rotational learning timetable has been in effect since June 2020.

As a result, the department has confirmed that the full return will take effect from Monday.

“Medical science has informed the decisions that have been made; and as a Sector, we will follow the advice from our public health experts. On Friday, 04 February 2022, CEM convened to consider the state of readiness for the full return of learners.  We are confident that schools are ready for the new normal.”

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

Plans in place for safety

Motshekga says provincial education departments have been hard at work preparing for the return of daily attendance. Parents have been consulted, school timetables have been adjusted, and an “intensified monitoring” plan has been put in place.

The department also says that it has come up with detailed curriculum recovery plans to make up for the time lost. Motshekga has described these losses as “indisputably devastating”.

“The return to normal time-tabling, will assist the Sector to intensify its implementation of the curriculum recovery plan. The learning losses incurred in the past two years, are indisputably devastating. At the Basic Education Lekgotla held last week, it was resolved that the Sector would need to be rebooted, recalibrated and repositioned.”

Motshekga says the key to recovery in this regard, is to prevent further disruptions at schools. The minister is encouraging children between the ages of 12 and 17 to get vaccinated.