- Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has finally addressed SA on the plan to open schools
- This comes as the nation continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, with peak infections expected later this year
- The minister announced that schools will still be reopening on the 1st of June
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has addressed South Africa on the government's plan to reopen schools.
Motshekga highlighted that while navigating these 'unchartered waters', the safety of learners remains a major concern.
Staff and pupils who have pre-existing illnesses was also highlighted as a concern, with Motshekga commenting:
"We also urge parents to work closely with schools to ensure that learners with pre-existing illness are also assisted... This matter is of paramount importance and we appeal for cooperation in this regard."
Motshekga confirmed that the plan remains that schools will open on the 1st of June, with the Minister emphasising that this would include all schools.
While Grade 7 and 12 is still the first phase that will return, with smaller and special schools viewed in a different light.
Motshekga said that students and teachers alike will be receiving orientations on the new procedures amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The government will gazette a new school calendar soon, now that everything has been approved.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Northern Cape had signalled its readiness to open ahead of Motshekga's address.
The minister thanked those who contributed to the plan, saying that immense pressure had been placed on officials during this uncertian time.
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