The amendments follow a decision by the Council of Education Ministers (CEM) which decided last Thursday that only grades R, 6 and 11 would be returning as of Monday, leaving pupils in grades 1, 2, 3, and 10 to continue their schooling from home.

Schools were closed when the country was placed on Level 5 lockdown in March.

On the 8th June, Grade 7 and 12 pupils to return school, pupils in grades R, 6 and 11 this passed Monday.

  • Grades 3 and 10 are expected back on 20 JULY.
  • Grades 1 and 2 will return to school a week later on 27 July.
  • Grade 4 and 9 children will go back on 17 August.
  • Grades 5 and 8 on 31 August.

The staggered return is to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 among pupils, teachers and staff at schools.