As from Monday February 7, 2022 schools will return to normal teaching schedules according to a statement by the Department of Basic Education. It followed Cabinet approval of changes to the Adjusted Alert Level 1Covid-19 regulations on Monday night.

Last week minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga made recommendations to the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) to reduce social distancing measures in classrooms. “The Department of Basic Education welcomes the decision by Cabinet to allow schools to return to full-time learning in all schools,” said department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga.

Primary, secondary and special schools will return to daily attendance. The regulatory provision for social distancing of 1 metre for learners in schools has also been removed. Cabinet said that information gathered from the Department of Health showed that South Africa had exited the fourth wave Covid-19 nationally.

Based on the trajectory of the pandemic and the levels of vaccination in the country, cabinet teherfore decided to make changes to Adjusted Alert Level 1 with immediate effect. Those who test positive with no symptoms do not have to isolate. If you test positive with symptoms, the isolation period has been reduced from 10 to 7 days. Contacts do not have to isolate unless they develop symptoms.

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