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Back to school: SA pupils kickstart 2021 curriculum

Published by Andile Sicetsha

After a long and arduous wait, back to school season finally kicked off on Monday, marking the start of the 2021 curriculum.

Back to school: Here are the protocols for SA schools

Schools have been given the green light to welcome pupils for the first time this year. The nationwide reopening was hampered by the continued spread of Covid-19, forcing the basic education department to restructure the new curriculum.

Private schools returned to school on 1 February 2021, owing to the institutions’ advanced access to remote learning resources. Public schools opted for a more cautious approach to welcoming pupils back to classrooms.

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Millions of rand were spent on a mass scale school decontamination project and a new protocol has been set. While there is no set standard to follow, each school is required to split pupils’ attendance into groups.

At some schools, these groups alternate between two and three attendance days per week, with a set limit of pupils allowed inside the premises.

Face masks are mandatory and social distancing measures are implemented in all areas of learning. This, it is hoped, will reduce person-to-person transmission of the virus that, to this day, has claimed the lives of 47 899 South Africans.

In pictures: SA pupils kickstart 2021 curriculum

To celebrate the return of pupils, scores of parents and excited scholars took to social media to share pictures and videos of their first day back at school.

Here are some of the ‘back to school’ posts we picked out on social media: