Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced the dates on which schoolchildren who are still at home can return to school.
According to the latest amended regulations in the Government Gazette , gr. 3- and gr. 10 learners return to school on July 20. Gr.1 and Gr. 2 learners will have to wait until July 27 before they can return to school.
Learners in Gr. 4 and gr. 9 will only be back in the classroom on August 17 and Gr. 5- and gr. 8 learners will be allowed to return to school on 31 August.
Pupils in Gr. R, art. 6, Art. 7, Art. 11 and gr. 12 have already returned to school.
The latest announcement comes after Motshekga said on Sunday that 968 schools had to close and re-open because of Covid-19 cases. 7 and gr. 12 learners returned on June 8.
Motshekga said the department is still constrained by Covid-19-related challenges and cannot afford all learners to return at the same time.