COVID-19: Shortage of classroom space in KZN schools

COVID-19: Shortage of classroom space in KZN schools

With more pupils on course to be phased back into their schools in a week and a half's time - KwaZulu-Natal Education says it's short on classroom space. 

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Grades 7 and 12 learners have been at school for over three weeks now.

The Basic Education Minister has gazetted 6 July as the return date for Grades R 1, 2, 3 and 6, - as well as Grades 10 and 11.

Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu says some traditional classrooms can't accommodate all pupils while observing some of the required COVID-19 safety measures such as social distancing. 

He says they're considering supplementary learning spaces.

"When we only had Grades 7 and 12, they had the whole school to themselves.

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"Now that there will be more Grades coming back to school, we will require more space to make sure that we keep to the principles of social distancing as prescribed by the Department of Health. 

"Hence we are saying that we'll have to obviously provide more mobile classrooms," says Mshengu. 

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