The minister said a Nsfas report showed it has processed almost all applications received to date during the first quarter of 2020.
The minister says the re-opening of schools will depend on the cooperation of citizens during the lockdown.
The education department has also reached an agreement with DStv, Vodacom and Telkom to broadcast school lessons during the lockdown.
As South Africa goes into lockdown, the quest begins for new ways of teaching and learning.
Apart from shorter June and September school holidays, schools would also be encouraged to extend school hours to make up for lost time.
Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu hopes the radio lessons, which will be taught by teachers from the department, will mitigate the negative impact of the lockdown.

Education IN PICS: Parkview Junior school hall gutted by fire

The cause of the blaze is not yet known, but authorities were at the scene to extinguish the fire.

Covid-19 Google launches $10m Distance Learning Fund and tools to help educators and students

The site is providing an overview of distance learning, including information on how to teach online, make lessons accessible to students, and collaborate with other educators.

Covid-19 Another UCT staffer tests positive for coronavirus

UCT said the staff member was being quarantined for two weeks under the supervision of the national health department.

Education Pupil stabbed in one of two acts of school violence in Gauteng

Steve Mabona said the department condemned the incidents and urged parents to assist in enforcing discipline on their children.

Education Education department confirms school closures

However, teachers are expected to continue to work until Friday, 20 March 2020.

Education Nzimande announces closure of all higher education facilities

Nzimande stressed that the closure of institutions were merely a short recess and not a shutdown.

Education Covid-19: Unisa graduation ceremonies suspended

The university suspended the graduation ceremony that was scheduled to take place on Monday, 16 March.

Education Covid-19: Rhodes University suspends classes, practicals and tests until further notice

Mabizela’s decision follows in the steps of the other universities across the country, including the Tshwane University Of Technology after they announced the suspension of classes this week.

Education Daycares in Gauteng to be closed from Wednesday

The department of social development sent messages to special care units and early childhood learning centres to close amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Education ‘Comprehensive catch-up plan must be implemented’ amid school closures

Schools will close on Wednesday, 18 March, and reopen on 14 April, as directed by Ramaphosa. It means 10 school days will be lost.

Education TUT suspends academic activities

Where possible, faculties will make use of online resources to assist students and ensure they do not fall behind with their studies.

Education School closures not a holiday, we can turn kitchens into classrooms – Lesufi

While the department of education mulls over a plan of action, the MEC advised that school closures were an opportunity and not a holiday for kids.

Education University of Pretoria postpones all tests and assessments

UP said it would be making a comprehensive announcement by mid-morning on Monday.

Education School closures from Wednesday due to Covid-19: Everything you need to know

The president said schools would remain closed until after the Easter weekend, which runs from 10 to 13 April.

today in print