The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has published a new directive which outlines the new return dates for South African schools.
The directive, which was gazetted on Tuesday (7 July), further splits the return of pupils with some students now set to return as late at 31 August.
These new dates are detailed in the table below.
|Grades||Return to school date|
||1 June 2020|
||6 July 2020|
||20 July 2020|
||27 July 2020|
||17 August 2020|
||31 August 2020|
The directive also makes provision for provinces which are unable to comply with the new start dates.
In these cases, the DBE said that if a MEC responsible for education in a province must, at least seven days before the date identified for the return of the respective grades, submit a report to the Minister for concurrence or further determination.
The report must include:
- The reasons for the non-compliance; and
- A plan with the proposed dates for the phased return of learners and officials in the respective grades.
You can read the full directive below.