The Department of Basic Education has announced that government will keep all schools closed in South Africa due to concerns around the country second Covid-19 wave.
In a media briefing on Friday (15 January), Deputy Basic Education minister Reginah Mhaule said that both public and private schools will delay their opening dates by two weeks.
The return date of independnet schools will vary based on their respective calendars. For other schools, the new opening dates are as follows:
Teachers will report to schools on Monday, 1 February
Learners will return on Monday, 15 February
Mhaule said that support staff will use this additional time to prepare for schools the return of learners. She added that further meetings will take place next week to determine the readiness of schools to reopen.