Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga Wants Social Distancing in Classes Reduced to 0.5m

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga Wants Social Distancing in Classes Reduced to 0.5m

  • Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga wants social distancing requirements in classes to be amended from one metre to half a metre
  • Motshekga stated that while some schools are operating at full capacity, others are struggling to meet Covid-19 regulations
  • In order to help schools accommodate all pupils, Motshekga will approach the National Coronavirus Coordinating Council to assist

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Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga says while primary schools have resumed classes, it has become apparent that some schools are unable to fully implement full-time learning due to coronavirus regulations.

Motshekga stated that schools are finding it difficult to implement the social distancing requirement of one metre in classes, according to a report by EWN.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, Social Distancing in Classes, Schools reopening
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says some schools have not been able to operate at full capacity because they cannot meet Covid-19 regulations. Image: Laird Forbes
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She stated that she would be appealing to National Coronavirus Coordinating Council to amend the social distancing requirement from a metre to half a metre to help schools function efficiently under the circumstances.

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While Motshekga is happy that most schools are now functional, she says the social distancing issue needs to be addressed so that other schools can accommodate pupils at full capacity.

“I can say we are experiencing some problems with social distancing. We have a good advisory from the National Advisory Committee that we can still be able to safely reduce the distance and that is what I need to go present at the NCCC,” said Motshekga in a quote by SABC News.

The Provincial Department of Education in Northern Cape says some schools in the province cannot accommodate students at full capacity as they cannot meet the coronavirus regulations.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says sporting events at schools will resume

Briefly News previously reported that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has given the green light for sporting events to resumes at schools after schools reopened under adjusted Level 3 lockdown regulations.

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In a gazette issued over the weekend, Motshekga made an allowance for contact and non-contact sports as well as arts and culture events to resume, according to a report by News24.

These events have been given the go-ahead, however, no spectators will be allowed to attend.

Oral history, spelling bees, moot court, speech contests and debates, among other co-curricular and enrichment events, may resume, according to new regulations issued by the Department of Basic Education.

Choir rehearsals and contests can take place in well-ventilated areas or outdoors without an audience, as long as all members maintain social distance.

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