The Department of Basic Education has distanced itself from a message circulating on social media platforms saying the reopening of schools has been delayed due to the Mandela Day activities.
The department confirmed that the message is false and must be ignored and deleted as it has caused much confusion in the Basic Education sector.
The fake message reads:
“Att: District Directors
We would like to inform you about the school re-opening changes. We have shifted it to the 19th due to Mandela day. And there will be a lot of things happening.
Office of the Presidency
Neluvhalani Tshilidzi Email:[email protected]
Cell: 082 712 8546
Forward the message to everyone.”
DBE reiterates that this message is not an official communication from the Presidency as purported. The originators sought to create anxiety and uncertainty in our schools.
The department has official channels of communication with all our schools and does not communicate such important information via social media. Our schools went on recess on June 22 and will resume on July 17, 2018, as per the school calendar approved two years ago.
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“We expect all our learners and teachers alike to report for duty as scheduled in order to commence the third term without any further delays.
“The Mandela and Sisulu Centenary celebrations will proceed without causing disruptions in schools. Both Mandela and Sisulu were committed to playing their part to ensure that all young people in South Africa access education without disturbances.
“This malicious social media message is therefore contrary to what both our late leaders stood for. We would advise that those who receive the message to inform the sender that it is fake news and delete the message to ensure that further confusion is averted,” said a department spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga.
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