The DBE has announced a two-week delay in the reopening of schools, including private schools, which are set to close their doors after their recent opening.
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) took to Twitter on Friday, 15 January 2021, to circulate a statement confirming the additional two-week delay before schools reopen. Earlier in the morning, the DBE hosted a press conference which was dedicated to discussing its readiness for the initially projected reopening date of Wednesday, 27 January 2021.
In noting the parties consulted on the matter, the statement claimed, “The President said the matter of education was being dealt with by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC). Between Tuesday and Wednesday (12 January and 13 January 2021) we consulted the Council of Education Minister (CEM), the Heads of Education Departments Committee (HEDCOM), the national school governing bodies associations, teachers unions, leaner formations, principal associations, as well as national associations representing schools and leaners with special education needs. All stakeholders were united in supporting a delay in the opening of schools.”
Schools are now set to reopen on Monday, 15 February 2021. Additionally, the amendment has long-reaching affects, as private schools are expected to abide by the newly set reopening date. This is despite some schools having already opened for the academic year on Wednesday, 13 January 2021.
See the post below.
The full media statement on Cabinet's decision to delay the opening of schools for 2021 to 15 February for learners #schoolsreopening @DBE_SA @ElijahMhlanga @GovernmentZA @SAgovnews @GCISMedia pic.twitter.com/85vbPCuMFZ
— Dr Reginah Mhaule (@ReginahMhaule) January 15, 2021