The North West Department of Education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela says the department is ready to phase-in more grades on Monday, 24 August 2020 following a four week break for schools to avoid the surge of the Covid-19 virus.

Matsemela expressed the province’s readiness approach include provision for boarding school hostels with mobile hostels in order to comply with social distancing. On the other hand the department saught to repair schools that were vandalised during the lockdown.

About 129 schools in the province were vandalised. So far 112 of these schools are repaired while 17 schools still outstanding with contractors on site in some.

MEC Matsemela says the provincial department carried plans that are both human and curriculum eccentric throughout the break.

“We are serious about the implementation of the Covid -19
non-negotiables at our schools across the province.
For example, at Moedwil and Onkgopotse Tiro Combined schools, we have provided them with extra mobile hostels in order to keep up to the social distancing requirement. Additional mattresses have been supplied for hostel at Boons Mega Farm school and dining rooms will be used on alternating times to allow social distancing.

“As a province we have put measures in place to ensure that grade 12 learners are supported to cover the curriculum. We have shared the online platforms with schools, distributed printing material for the Business studies, Accounting, and Economics Management, Physical Science and Humanities.
These tools were also distributed to FETs also arranged radio lessons and dial-a- tutor programmes were beneficial to learners including those who are home schooling due to comorbidities”, said MEC Matsemela.

MEC Matsemela further thanked all educators for their sacrifices during the difficult time of the pandemic, learners for their quest to acquire education and parents for their continuous support.

The Superintendent-General, Ms Stephinah Semaswe is expected to monitor the return of learners at Reboneilwe Secondary in Coligny and Phatsima Primary school in Boikhutso, Litchenburg on Monday, 24 August 2020 while MEC Matsemela is expected to visit Motswedi Secondary and Borakallo Primary schools near Zeerust on Tuesday, 25 August.


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