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95% of Schools Ready For Reopening – Angie Motshekga

Article by: Mongezi Shenge

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has addressed the public today in a media briefing, on the state of readiness of the reopening of schools, which are set to go underway on Monday 8 June 2020.

Motshekga touched on issues that have been reeling in since the beginning of lockdown, from concerned parents and learners, whose studies would be intensively affected by the breakout of the Covid19 pandemic and the lockdown period, which has seen them fall behind on their 2020 academic year.

“We have published the Directions in terms of the Regulations under the Disaster Management Act, 2002 – regarding the reopening of schools, and measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of the Corona Virus in the Basic Education Sector.” – Minister Motshekga

“The golden rule is, there will be no school that will resume, if not ready to do so. For the remaining 5% or so learners alternative measures have been developed by different districts e.g temporarily using neighbouring schools, using underutilized spaces in boarding schools” said Minister Motshekga

“We must also single out our parents, teachers & learners, who had to patiently endure the ill-effects of the abnormal 2020 school calendar year with us. We can assure you that your anxieties are ours too; we too have spent the sleepless nights you spent.” #schoolsreopening

“The teaching and learning programmes provided online will continue, and parents who are uneasy to send their children back to school must follow the law to ensure that their children’s right to basic education is unhindered.” – Minister Motshekga

“Learners from the “not-so-ready schools”, will be moved to neighbouring schools that meet the health, safety and social distancing set measures and requirements.” – Minister Motshekga

The Basic Education Department says service delivery to schools in some regions was slowed by community protests.

Angie Motshekga said the delivery of PPEs, masks, sanitisers, water tanks and other critical health and safety materials are underway at schools across the country.

“We have done & will continue to do our level best to ensure that our schools are safe. All of us are, therefore, called to do whatever we are expected to do, to ensure that our school communities & spaces do not become the new hotspots for the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic – Minister Motshekga

In conclusion, Minister Motshekga thanked various partners @DWS_RSA, Rand Water, @HealthZA, @TreasuryRSA & the recent involvement of the @SANDFCorpEvents, Development Bank of SA, @Dotransport, Mvula Trust for the support provided in preparation for #schoolsreopening

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