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angiemotshekgaBusinessLive reports that Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga told MPs on Tuesday morning that she was still consulting teachers, governing bodies and students about plans to reopen schools.  

This was said just hours before she was due to brief the media on government’s final decision.  Teachers and families will be keenly watching to see which schools will be permitted to open, and which grades will go back first.  The minister is facing stiff opposition from unions to the opening of schools on 1 June, because many provinces have yet to convince teachers that they will be returning to a safe working environment.  It has emerged that many schools still do not have the means to ensure they can follow the social distancing and hygiene protocols set out by the education department.  “Eighty percent of schools have reported no deliveries of personal protective equipment,” Basil Manuel of the National Professional Teachers' Organisation of SA, claimed.  The Federation of School Governing Bodies (Fedsas) indicated that they supported a differentiated approach to opening schools in different districts, based on the extent of Covid-19 transmission.  Motshekga was scheduled to brief the media on her plans for reopening schools at 6pm on Tuesday.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tamar Kahn at BusinessLive


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