Gauteng Education expecting 1.5 million learners back in class on Monday

The Gauteng Education Department is expecting 1.5 million learners to return to school on Monday.

It’s part of the phased approach of getting children back into the classroom to complete the academic year.

The province expects that there’ll be a higher movement of people under Alert Level 2 of the lockdown. Over 2 000 government-funded Early Childhood Development Centres will also open their doors on Monday.

Head of the Education Department, Edward Mosuwe, says mainstream schools and schools for children with special needs will resume teaching.

“The total number of learners that are coming back on Monday, we are getting learners that are in Grade R, 1, 2, 9, 10 and 11. If you add all of these numbers we are looking at over a million 500 learners that will be back into the system and that is a big number. Social distancing still has to be maintained, proper hygiene protocols still have to be maintained,” says Mosuwe.

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