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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has outlined the new regulations for schools as part of the country’s move to an adjusted level 4 lockdown, which was announced on Sunday evening.

In a media briefing on Monday, Motshekga said that all schools will be closed for contact classes from Wednesday (30 June), with Thursday and Friday used for the closure of schools for educators and management staff.

Learners in public, independent, and private schools should be released for the winter holidays from 30 June, but parents with children in special needs schools, or who are boarding at schools far from home, will have until 12:00 on Friday, 2 July at the latest to collect them.

Public schools are closing a week earlier than originally planned, but students will return on 19 July, instead of 26 July as previously stated.

Motshekga also said that school feeding schemes and winter school will continue, but schools must ensure that there is limited contact to prevent any super-spreader events and adhere to strict Covid-19 health protocols.

The supplementary exams and the marking of the supplementary exams will continue as they are almost done.

The minister said that teachers will continue to be vaccinated during this time.