back to school after lockdown

Durban – The head of department at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has a taken a decision to only accept Grades 6 and 11 back to school on Monday, July 6.

Initially, Grades R, 1, 2, 3, 6, 10 and 11 had been set to return to school on Monday, July 6 – in accordance with a Government Gazette published by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in June.

Schools have been closed since March owing to Covid-19 fears, with only Grades 7 and 12 returning to class earlier in June.

Earlier on Thursday, the Council of Education Ministers – a body comprising Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her nine provincial education MECs as well their HODs – announced that only Grade R, 6 and 11 would return to school on Monday.

Not so in KZN, however.

Dr Enock Nzama, the HOD for KZN Education, sent a circular to the province’s more than 6000 schools on Thursday night.

In it, he said Grade R pupils in that province should stay home for now.

“Having considered the reports the Minister has directed that only Grade 6, 11 and R will return to school on Monday, July 6. However, the province has taken the decision to only accept Grade 6 and 11 on Monday.

“Grade R learners must temporarily remain at home and await further advice,” the circular read.