South Africans will know by Thursday whether it back to school in June
Written by Lethiwe Mdluli on 13 May, 2020
There is still uncertainty on the way forward for the reopening of South African schools.
Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, has met with education leaders and representative unions and will today outline the plans to the National Coronavirus Command Council.
The CEO of the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools, Paul Colditz,says the main purpose of the meeting was to discuss the state of readiness of provinces.
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Meanwhile Gauteng and the Western Cape are currently the only two provinces that are ready to reopen schools on the first of next month.
This was revealed during a meeting between Motshekga, and the MEC of all nine provincial education departments yesterday.
Basic Education spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, says Motshekga is meeting with cabinet today regarding the reopening of schools and their readiness.
All, however, seems to be on track for Grade 12 and Grade 7 learners to return to school.
” We have said that if a schools is ready then it can proceed but if you are not ready then do not proceed. We don’t want to compromise the lives of staff and the learners eventually. So we need to make sure that all safety measures are put in place and that the school is fully compliant in-terms of the Covid-19 requirements. That’s why we said we are not going to force people to go to school we don’t want to reopen schools at all costs and compromise lives,” said Mhlanga.
By: Gagasi FM News