Over 2 million KZN pupils return to school amid pandemic

Over 2 million KZN pupils return to school amid pandemic

More than two million pupils in KwaZulu-Natal are returning to school on Monday - some for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown in March.

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KZN Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu on Sunday spoke about schools' readiness to safely resume teaching and learning in other grades. 

"Not all Grades will come at once. We are expecting Grade R, 1, 6, 10 and 11. Then on Wednesday and Thursday, we are expecting Grade 2, 5, 8 and 9. 

"On Friday, we are expecting Grade 3, 4, 10 and 11. Then the following week, schools will then have acclimatised and will be following their own differentiated timetables."

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Some teachers with comorbidities will have the option to work from home. 

"We received 5 979 applications for teachers who are applying for concession. They were not applying for leave. They were applying for concession so that they can continue to work at home." 

Mshengu says three districts are yet to receive their personal protective equipment orders due to procurement issues with service providers.

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