Fears are kicking into parents who are expected to bring their children to school in the next phase of schools re-opening, as of the second of July some grades will be added to the grade 7&12 group, and another group will be added on the 6th of July until all grades fully resume, with different time tables.

The ministerial in Basic education plans, to continue with the current academic year, sighting that we will have to adjust to the new normality which is living under the Covid-19 crisis, and scrapping this year’s academic year was not an option.

Meanwhile, the Gauteng province has started with Grade-1 online admissions and has so far received 68 000 applications. This has however caused technical glitches as the number of applications increased, resulting in some parents receiving acceptance messages without reference numbers, and also challenges with identity verification. The Gauteng Education spokesperson Steven Mabona has highlighted that these glitches have since been fixed.

The online application will close on the 25th of July.

Minister of basic education Angie Mothsekga has assured parents that schools are complying with strict health protocols to help curb the spread of Covid-19, However, there have been a number of confirmed positive cases and many schools have been closed due to cases of Covid-19, Minister said they are working round the clock to ensure safety in schools during this global crisis.