Motshekga pleads for no unnecessary visits

Motshekga pleads for no unnecessary visits

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga praised the efforts by all education partners from 1 -7 June to prepare the schools, and urged schools to now be protected from the coronavirus.

Schools around the country are gearing up to welcome back Grade 7 and Grade 12 pupils under new health protocols, and with the increased foot flow, Motshekga has requested unnecessary visits be kept to a minimum.

Motshekga said she appreciated all the people who had visited schools in the past to offer support services and resources. Now that such valuable contributions had been made,Motshekga asked “with humility” for everyone to stay away, except pupils and staff.

“We highly discourage any other person to come to schools – other than learners, teachers and staff,” she said.

“We don’t know who is infected, some refuse to wear masks. As of now the rule will be: You don’t just walk into a school.”

Motshekga said they wanted “at all costs” to make schools green areas – free of the virus.

Of the 23 675 schools around the country, 23 100 have been deemed ready to receive pupils.

These included:

  • Eastern Cape;

4 660 out of 5 064

  • Free State;

1 123 out of 1123

  • Gauteng;

1 917 out of 2 017

  • KwaZulu- Natal;

5 975 out of 6000

  • Limpopo;

3 711 out of 3 711

  • Mpumalanga;

1 772 out of 1 815

  • Northern Cape;

556 out of 556

  • North West;

1 570 out of 1 570

  • Western Cape;

1 816 out of 1 819

Of the 575 schools not granted permission to open, 406 are in the Eastern Cape, 100 in Gauteng, 25 in KwaZulu-Natal, 43 in Mpumalanga, 3 in the Western Cape.

“The teaching and learning programmes provided  online will continue, and parents who are uneasy to send their children back to school must follow the law to ensure that their children’s right to basic education is unhindered,” said Motshekga

Source: News24


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