According to Motshekga, a school may be permitted to deviate from the phased return to school in respect of specific grades or dates, as contemplated in direction 5(1) provided that such school comply with the minimum health, safety and physical distancing measures and requirements on Covid-19.

Equal Education, Equal Education Law Centre and Section27 said those directions nullify and replace the directions that were published by Motshekga on May 29 and June 1.

“On June 3, the Equal Education Law Centre, representing Equal Education and Section27, wrote to the Basic Education Department highlighting concerns around the lawfulness and constitutionality of certain aspects of the original set of the department’s directions.”