Angie Motshekga, Basic Education Minister, addressed South Africans lately and shared the plan and date to open schools.
In the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic, the country is planning to reopen schools on 1st June. Although the peak infections expected later this year.
Basic minister Angie Motshekga has announced that schools will still reopen on the 1st of June.
The minister highlighted that during the navigation through these ‘uncharted waters’, the safety of the learners is still the main priority.
The pupils and staffs who are suffering any pre-existing illness was also outlined as the main concern;
“We also urge parents to work closely with schools to ensure that learners with pre-existing illnesses are also assisted…
“This matter is of paramount importance and we appeal for cooperation in this regard.”
She further confirmed that the re-opening plan on the 1st of June stands. The minister also emphasized that this includes all schools.
While Grade 7 and Grade 12 are still the first phases to return with smaller and special schools viewed in a different light.
Orientations on the new procedures amid the pandemic would be shared with the students and teachers.
Following the approval of everything, the government will publish a new calendar for school soon.
The Northern Cape earlier signaled how ready she was to re-open ahead of Motshekga’s address.
In conclusion, the minister also thanked everyone who made a contribution to the plan. She said that immense pressure on officials during this uncertain time.