It’s all systems go for the Department of Basic Education as pupils in inland provinces go back to school for the start of the academic year on Wednesday, 12 January 2022.

These are: Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West. While the coastal provinces – the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and Northern Cape as well as Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) will see learners return to the classroom the following week.

Despite some issues, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says they are ready to welcome back learners, following what has been another tough year due to the various lockdown restrictions which limited classroom time.

Motshekga says the rotational time table will remain, for the time being.

“The fact of the matter, is that COVID-19 is very much still with us, and we need to continue to work together to fight it.  We are exploring possibilities to return schooling to normal, but we need to do so responsibly; and to this end, we rely entirely on the advice of public health experts, through the Ministerial Advisory Committee, the National Coronavirus Command Council, and indeed Cabinet.  At the right time, we will come back to report on progress being made”

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

Some learners still not placed in schools

The start of the school year will not without complications however, as some parents are frustrated with the department because their children are yet to be placed. But Motshekga has urged parents to be at ease and assured them that all learners will be allocated schools, no matter what.

The minister says Gauteng seems to be the province experiencing such a problem, more than the other provinces. She has urged parents and guardians to cooperate with their respective district officials in seeing to it that the matter gets resolved. 

“We will continue to work with our provinces to ensure that we place all unplaced learners as a matter of urgency.  We however, implore parents and guardians to accept the schools in which their learners are placed.  When schools have reach their maximum capacities, further admissions become impossible”

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

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