Basic education deputy minister Makgabo Reginah Mhaule said, “We can’t say we are presenting a cast-in-stone plan.
Yesterday, after presenting to the social cluster, they indicated that the date of May 6 is not realistic and we need to change it.
In the presentation that I have now, that date is changed,”
This latest announcement came just more than an hour after the department’s director-general Mathanzima Mweli told MPs that
schools would partially reopen on 6 May for Grade 7 and Grade 12 students.
MP’s questioned the readiness of the department, raising concerns that the department could possibly risk lives by trying to save the school year.
She said, “school principals and chairpersons of school governing bodies would reopen next week to look at all these things that would be needed when teachers return later. “
“When this plan is approved, then we are going to school; on the 18th our children are going to school,” she added without elaborating on the new date.
The director general says one thing and the deputy minister gives a different date.
Hopefully by the end of this week, we all will have clarity regarding the dates.