Education Portfolio Committee Assess Schools State of Readiness

Written by on 2 February, 2021

By: Bright Ntuli

Parliament’s portfolio committee on Basic Education has arrived in KwaZulu Natal for the second leg of its school visits ahead of the commencement of the 2021 academic year.

The intention of this oversight visit is to assess the readiness by all the stakeholders, from the national Department of Basic Education to the school level to ensure safe reopening of schools for the 2021 Academic Year.

The committee has visited schools in Gauteng where it expressed satisfaction with preparations for the reopening on the 15th of this month.

Committee chairperson, Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba says they want learners and teachers to have a seamless start to the year.

“The school readiness visit is even more significant this year considering the impact of Covid-19 on the 2020 academic year and the inherent risks it continues to pose going into the 2021 academic year. It is essential that through our oversight work we ensure that everything is in place to secure a safe return of students and teachers to classrooms,” says Mbinqo-Gigaba.

The team will conclude the initiative on Friday when it will be in the Eastern Cape.

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