Basic education minister Angie Motshekga was still consulting teachers, governing bodies and students about plans to reopen schools, she told parliament on Tuesday morning, just hours before she was due to brief the media on government’s final decision.

Teachers and families will be keenly watching to see which schools will be permitted to open, and which grades will go back first. A plan discussed with interest groups last week proposed schools in areas with high Covid-19 transmission remain shut, and face-to-face teaching resume for only Grade 12 learners. The plan proposed that all schools in SA’s metros — where transmission of the disease is highest — remained closed. That would effectively shutter a fifth of SA’s 25,475 schools...

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