Basic education Minister Angie Motshekga has released a gazette with updated lockdown regulations for South Africa’s schools.
A key change will be that primary school pupils and pupils with special needs will return to full-time learning from the end of July.
Motshekga has said that her department will now use a risk-adjusted differentiated strategy – where school attendance is determined by the direction the pandemic is taking in specific districts or the country as a whole.
The department said that, where applicable, teaching and learning may be conducted outside the confines of a classroom. Schools must also use all the available rooms and spaces to prevent overcrowding in a classroom. Movement of learners must also be minimized with teachers rotating between lessons.
Under this system, primary school learners (Grades R to &) must return to the daily attendance and traditional timetabling model from 26 July 2021. The gazette does not indicate when high schools will resume normal timetabling.