Education organizations do not support the plan that teachers may have to return on Monday, saying neither provincial departments nor schools are ready for anyone to return next week.
Organization says the presentation made to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Education on Wednesday caused great confusion.
Hubert Mweli, Director General (DG) of the Department of Basic Education, said in the presentation if everything goes according to plan, teachers will return to school on Monday and the gr. 12 and gr. 7 pupils two days later.
However, there is uncertainty about the plan because Reginah Mhaule, Deputy Minister of Basic Education, said in question time teachers will only meet on May 11 to discuss changes to the curriculum before the matrics will be back at school on May 18.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga was unable to attend the meeting because she was part of the National Covid 19 Command Council meeting where a final decision was made. Motshekga is expected to announce the final plan at a media conference on Thursday.
The South African Teachers Union (SAOU) said in a statement on Tuesday that it urged no school to reopen if the school was not disinfected in advance and not before school supplies for disinfection, protective equipment and thermometers were provided.
The SAOU also says regulations for maintaining a healthy distance on the school grounds, isolation spaces for possible Covid-19 cases, satisfactory safety protocol, and communication with staff, pupils and parents are also non-negotiable.
The Department of Basic Education said in a statement on Wednesday evening that it would present a consolidated plan to the Cabinet on Thursday with proposals from all parties. Motshekga will then provide further information on final dates and detailed plans for the systematic reopening of schools.