Back to School or Not

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The plan by the Department of Basic Education to reopen schools on June 1 seems to be failing as it has been met with resistance by parents, unions and SGBs.

Minister Angie Motshekga had made an announcement a week ago that schools would reopen on June 1, but only grade 7 and grade 12 learners.

The minister had however, said that parents/guardians are not forced to bring their children to school if they are not satisfied that correct measures were followed to protect them from being infected with coronavirus.

She also said that schools without necessary equipment or that have not followed procedures in terms of PPEs and fumigation should not open.

It has been reported in Sunday newspaper that after a thorough discussions with unions and SGBs, the decision to reopen schools has been suspended.

The claims are yet to be confirmed by the department during a media briefing by Minister Motshekga.

Teacher union Sadtu has advised their members not to report to work tomorrow.

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