Covid-19: ANC opposes 'rushed' plan to reopen schools next week

Covid-19: ANC opposes 'rushed' plan to reopen schools next week

- The ANC has signalled its opposition to rush the reopening of schools amid lockdown conditions

- Deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte said the party would back the government's decision to reopen schools but not in a hurry

- This comes after the Department of Education hastily retracted the May 6 date for school to resume

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The ANC has opposed South African schools reopening in a hurry after the Department of Education announced students would head back as early as May 6. reported that the date had been announced during a long-awaited media briefing on the plan to allow schooling to resume after over a month on lockdown.

Grade 7 and 12 pupils were set to return to school as early as next week Wednesday, but the department hastily postponed amid fierce criticism.

ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte said that while the ruling party would support government's decision to reopen, it cautioned against rushing.

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With the academic year hanging in the balance, Duarte highlighted the importance of allowing students to return in a well-thought-out manner.

“As the ANC we will not oppose the government reopening the schools, but we will not like it to be immediately. We think there should be a little bit more time before we make that hard decision. There are some issues that must be resolved because schools can be reopened properly.”

Commenting on the struggle facing vulnerable children when it comes to continuing their studies from home.

“It is tough on children because not every child has internet access and there is anxiety.

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