Mmusi Maimane gives the president a 48 hour ultimatum over reopening of schools
Mmusi Maimane, leader of the One SA Movement, launched an online petition last week, which has now reached over 156,000 signatures from parents opposed to the reopening of schools.
This petition was launched on Tuesday 19 May after Angie Motshekga, Basic Education Minister announced the reopening of schools on 1 June.
“We cannot risk allowing our country’s places of learning to become petri dishes for increase in infections which may undo the value of the national lockdown. We maintain that opening schools at this stage poses a risk and danger on all students, teachers and support staff, as all credible indicators suggest that infections have not yet peaked.”
According to Timeslive, Maimane will give President Cyril Ramaphosa and the national command council (NCC) 48 hours to outline why they have decided to reopen schools on June 1.
He said that should there be no response from the government within the stipulated time, he will consider legal action.
“I will request the president who is the chair of the NCC, to give us the rational reasons why they are taking this administrative action. I’ll be giving them 48 hours and should we hear no response, we’re willing to take legal action against this government.”
According to Timeslive, The One SA Movement said in statement released earlier this month and reposted on Sunday, that schools should remain closed for another three months as stringent safety precautions needed to be implemented that will not compromise the safety of pupils, teachers and staff members.
The safety precautions included,
- mandatory testing
- provisions of adequate PPE,
- weekly disinfection of classrooms
- Ventilated transport for pupils.
“Schools cannot simply return to the way they were, with the simple addition of being Covid-19 safe.
We have entered a “new normal” and this requires the DBE to respond by fixing our broken and unequal education systems,”read the statement.
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