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Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says the arrangements that are meant to protect the school sector from Coronavirus infection will remain in place as schools in inland provinces are set to open their doors to learners tomorrow.

The situation will remain the same with regards to schooling, especially rotational time-tabling where it was applicable when schooling concluded last year.

On Wednesday, five inland provinces – Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West – will receive learners from Grades R to Grade 12, while schools in the four coastal provinces will go back to school only next week.

Presenting the state of readiness at a media briefing held in Pretoria on Tuesday, Motshekga said COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the basic education sector in the last two years. However, the department and its stakeholders have sought to find every strategy to keep the sector going, even under such difficult conditions.

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