- The tentative plan to reopen schools in Mzansi has been met with widespread condemnation
- Citizens aren't convinced that allowing children to resume schooling so soon is the wisest plan
- With some hospitals struggling to prevent outbreaks amongst staff, the nation is concerned for the safety of pupils
South Africans have met the plan to possibly reopen schools with fierce condemnation after learning Grade 7 and 12 students are set to return next week.
Despite details emerging over the proposal to implement 'non-negotiable' health and safety procedures, citizens aren't convinced the safety of students can be guaranteed.
The SABC reported that over 300 hospital employees contracted the virus, raising the question of how small children would cope with the possibility of exposure.
Weighing in on the decision, one citizen felt that the approach was too aggressive this early on.
"Feel its too aggressive. Should prioritize fewer grades and progress the rest, this will increase teaching and classroom capacity. The rest can come back when it's safer and learn whatever they comfortably can this year and catch up over the coming years."
Another citizen, completing their studies to become a teacher, voiced discomfort over the decision.
"As a PGCE student waiting to finish my teaching practice... I see it as a big mess and am not comfortable to have learners go back to school at all. Yeah, it looks great on paper but in reality... Big nope."
Briefly.co.za reported that the plan remains tentative, with promises of strict regulations including the provision of face masks to students and social distancing between the pupils.
However, for this plan to be effective it would require schools to have the basics such as running water and adequate classrooms, an issue that has been prevalent in South Africa for some time now.
Take a look at just a few of the reactions to the decision below.
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