Article by: Dumisane Dube
The National Alliance of Independent Schools Association (NAISA) said most of its schools will be opening this week.
The Department of Basic Education had previously announced that teachers will be returning to schools on the 1st February and learners will be returning to schools on the 15th February, and also that private schools will be allowed to open from February.
“Our member schools are ready to open for the academic year,” said NAISA.
“Our schools which have online programmes were able to continue with online learning to ensure children don’t get left behind academically. Online learning will still continue because there are those parents who still don’t feel comfortable to have their children at school during the COVID-19 pandemic so we have accommodated that,” added NAISA.
However Cosas has said that the department’s pronouncement to re-open the schools on the 15th is premature. Cosas said, the COVID-19 status in the country should be properly monitored before teachers and leaners can start the academic year.
According to the Free State Cosas Chairperson, Katleho Mangoejane, stakeholders should wait for the presidents address on the status of the pandemic in the country before schools can commence.
“We will wait for the presidents address in February. We can’t open the schools without hearing what the president has said. Therefore, even the date of the 15, we can’t make it a cast in stone as yet. We must wait to hear what the president is going to say and then a date will be later determined,” said Cosas.
The department of education said that the safety of the learners and teachers will be prioritized and safety precautions will be observed upon reopening.
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