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Gauteng education dept looking at scrapping June holidays: Lesufi

All schools are currently on break due to the pandemic and expected to resume only after the nationwide lockdown.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Wednesday said the department was looking at scrapping the June holidays to make up for lost time due to the coronavirus.

All schools are currently on break due to the pandemic and expected to resume only after the nationwide lockdown.

However, the MEC said it all depended on whether the spread of the virus is contained.

He said he was confident in government's plan to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the next three weeks.

“We have now initiated a list of negotiations with labour unions and stakeholders within the education sector to scrap the June holidays in Gauteng so that when we come back, we run until the end so that there are no breaks because they already had a break," Lesufi said.

On the possibility of this not working, the MEC said: “Because failure to defeat [the virus], the consequences are so severe. It will literally disrupt everything," he said.

Lesufi said he was negotiating with relevant partners to approve the plan.

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