Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
3 minute read
23 Jul 2021
4:56 am

Regular school closures have cost pupils too much time, say experts

Marizka Coetzer

It has been reported that between 400 000 and 500 000 pupils have dropped out of school over the past 16 months.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga. Picture: Gallo Images

There is confusion and concern days ahead of the primary school reopening, following an early close for the winter break after infections skyrocketed last month. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is due to make an announcement on the matter tomorrow. However, Johan Deacon from The Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (Fedsas) said there was no indication the reopening would be delayed. “I have been in many national and provincial department meetings the past few days and the general feeling was that schools will open on Monday,” Deacon said. He said the school readiness reports suggest most schools...