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Primary school learners return to school on full-time basis

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The DBE has confirmed the return of primary school learners on a full-time basis, as approved by the NCCC, to enable the recovery of lost learning time.

On Monday, 2 August 2021, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) addressed the return of primary school learners on a full-time basis. The department stated that after more than a year of school learners attending school on a rotational basis, primary school pupils have returned on a full-time basis, as of this week.

The department notified that the Chief Director of Communications and Media, Elijah Mhlanga visited Kabelo Primary School in Katlehong on Monday morning, to monitor the first day of the return of learners at full capacity. The department also confirmed that the decision to allow learners to return to school daily was approved by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), as advised by scientists who monitor and advise the cabinet on COVID-19-related matters, trends and response mechanisms.

The department further stated that the return of learners comes on the back of a successful vaccination programme for the basic education sector, confirming that more than 517 000 personnel had received their vaccination. The DBE expressed that this would enable the recovery of learning and teaching time lost during the extended school break.

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Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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