South Africa - Cape Town - Bryan Habana, Siya Kolisi helped out at Masiyile High in Khayelitsha with food parcels. Photographer: Armand Hough/African News Agency(ANA)

Smooth start for grades 5 and 8 pupils

CAPE TOWN –Grades 5 and 8 pupils returned to school this week in the phased-in return to school approach and Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer reporting no disruptions or major issues.

Each school has a particular plan which maintains the 1.5 metre physical distancing between pupils and a screening process.

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“It is crucial that we continue to implement all of our safety measures, even though the country has moved to alert level 2.

“They are designed to keep pupils and staff safe so that schools can stay open – we cannot afford to be complacent,” said Schäfer.

While certain grades attend school on specific days of the school week, Schäfer added that matric learners needed to attend every remaining school day for the remainder of the year in order to prepare them for the final examination.

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