- Only 79 Northern Cape schools have returned to full attendance.
- The province faces a shortage of staff, classrooms and furniture.
- For now, a differentiated timetabling model is being used.
Less than a quarter of Northern Cape primary schools have returned to full attendance as the province's education department struggles to fund additional classrooms and staff.
All pupils returned to school on Monday, but the Northern Cape Department of Education said that maintaining the mandatory 1.5-metre social distancing requirement among pupils meant that only 79 of the 424 primary schools could return to full attendance.
Education department spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe said:
"In addition to this, the indication is that
Covid-19 infections are on the increase in some districts, hence the Northern
Cape Department of Education will continue with the differentiated timetabling
model, as well as the differentiated risk-adjusted strategy, as adopted for the
education sector," Van der Merwe said.
Only schools in full compliance with Covid-19 protocols and guidelines will be allowed to return to the traditional daily school timetable model, Van der Merwe said.
"We have communicated our provincial situation
to the Department of Basic Education and relevant stakeholders that for now we
will continue with the differentiated timetabling model, which is in the best
interest of both learners and educators," he said.
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