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Schools ready to reopen, but Pres Ramaphosa needs to confirm - Motshekga

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga

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The minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga says they are ready for schools to reopen on Monday but will have to wait for President Cyril Ramaphosa's confirmation when he addresses the nation on Sunday evening.

She briefed the media on Saturday over her department's state of readiness for the reopening of schools.

Her address came after President Ramaphosa earlier extended the closure of both private and public schools due to the third wave of Covid-19.

The minister said School Management Teams and support staff had already gone back to work from Thursday to prepare for the return of learners and teachers on Monday.

"Based on the information obtained from provinces, schools are ready to continue to work within the established COVID-19 health protocol, also to start resuming full school attendance in the primary schools from the 2nd August 2021", she said.

"As far as vaccination plans are concerned, the Sector had targeted 582 000 personnel in the Basic Education Sector; and when we formally closed the vaccination programme, we recorded 517 000 people, who have received the vaccines – an 89% vaccination success rate", the minister said.

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