Full-time return for primary school pupils on Monday

Full-time return for primary school pupils on Monday

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education says health measures are a priority as primary school pupils return to the classroom on a full-time basis from Monday. 

Photo of empty classroom / Pexels
Photo of empty classroom / Pexels

The department says not all schools will make a full return, especially those who have large groups of pupils in one class. 

KZN education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi says they've been consulting with affected schools over the past two weeks to make arrangements where possible. 

He says schools will learn how to operate in a new normal of a pandemic environment. 

"We are the first to admit that some of the schools don't have space even if you have to provide them with mobile classes, it's the space the yards will not even allow for such. 

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"So we are then saying there are many alternatives that we are considering. All this we do in a bid to have our children back so that we are able then ground them in terms of them getting the foundational learning."

The South African Democratic Teachers Union's provincial secretary Nomarashiya Caluza says there are other challenges that need to be addressed.

"PPEs that have not been delivered to all schools, both primary and secondary schools, shortage of teachers in some whilst we acknowledge the deployment of teachers last week at schools were reopening."

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