- South Africans have weighed in on Minister Angie Motshekga's address on Tuesday
- The minister announced that schools will be opening on 1 June, as previously indicated
- A common thread amongst the reactions was a general fear over the wellbeing of SA's children
South Africans learnt on Tuesday evening that schools will be reopening on June 1 as originally announced by the Department of Basic Education.
Briefly.co.za reported that Minister Angie Motshekga had highlighted the safety of students as a top priority amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite this reassurance, many citizens raised immense concern over the wellbeing of students as the outbreak continues to wreak havoc.
One South Africa leader Mmusi Maimane revealed that he felt the plan was rushed:
"I did not hear from Angie Motshekga the following. 1. How many students per class? 2. How will social distancing be maintained in the class? 3. Are teachers and staff going to be tested for pre-existing conditions? This feels rushed."
Citizens sharing their opinion on the announcement, for the most part, agreed with Maimane, with a few eyebrows raised over the reopening of schools in Covid-19 hotspots.
In a statement issued by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, the government revealed that not one of the fatalities recorded in SA was under the age of 19-years-old.
Nevertheless, the general consensus of the responses to the minister's long-awaited speech undoubtedly exposed the anxiety over the thought of the nation's future returning to the classroom.
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