In a meeting held on Monday, provinces requested more time as they waited for deliveries of personal protection equipment from the supplier.
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga was scheduled to brief South Africa on the state of readiness for the reopening of schools on Thursday, but this has been postponed.
“We agreed in our meeting on Monday that one week is needed to finalise outstanding issues.
So, on Monday we will reconvene to consider progress made and then report to the public on the state of readiness. A lot of work has happened and we are happy with the progress reported in the last meeting but we need confirmation of deliveries that provinces were waiting for,” said Motshekga.
The purpose of Monday’s meeting will be to consider the work done by the provinces this week, including taking deliveries of the Covid-19 essentials required as preconditions for the reopening, said Elijah Mhlanga, basic education department spokesperson.
According to news24, Motshekga added that the delays in the deliverables were attributed to challenges with the supplier of the personal protection equipment (PPE) which resulted in the cancelation of some contracts.
Mathanzima Mweli, the director general of the Department of Basic Education said that the implementation of the basic educations sector’s risk-based differentiated approach in reopening schools would be assisted by the president’s address.
“We will convene a special meeting of the heads of education departments from all provinces and the minister will meet with MEC’s on Monday to discuss the progress made. Thereafter, we will announce to the public.
The minister will address a media briefing after receiving full reports from all the provinces on the readiness to open schools. We appeal for patience as we work to find the best way forward under the circumstances.” Mweli said.