- The ANC has welcomed Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's plan to reopen schools starting on June 1
- The party highlighted the need for stringent health and safety measures to be implemented
- The ANC has also condemned acts of vandalism seen at schools, calling on communities to cooperate with law enforcement operations seeking out justice
The African National Congress says that it welcomes the announcement made by Minister Angie Motshekga over the plan to reopen schools on June 1.
National Spokesperson Pule Mabe commented on the announcement in a statement released by the party:
"The confirmation of the reopening is important as it provides guidance in terms of the planning that needs to happen as the nation prepares to go to Level 3 of the Covid-19 lockdown. The ANC believes that stringent health and safety measures announced by the Department of Basic Education, including mandatory hygiene protocols to be adhered to by schools are necessary to protect teachers, learners, workers and all those who come into contact with schools."
However, Mabe highlighted the responsibility of all citizens in ensuring the success of the current plan, cautioning that:
"The success of the safety plans in schools will also depend on the cooperation of stakeholders in the sector, including all citizens, particularly in public spaces such as taxis, buses, trains on the way to work and back. It is also encouraging that the Department has profiled its workforce to protect employees with comorbidities for their own protection against the Covid-19 infection."
The ANC raised its concerns over the continued vandalism seen affecting schools during this financially tough time with Mabe commenting that:
"The ANC has also noted with deep concern the continued criminality that is threatening the education of our young people. The vandalism of schools cannot go unattended given the escalating number of schools said to have been damaged by criminals. We call on communities to collaborate with law enforcement agencies to arrest the culprits and bring them to justice."
Briefly.co.za reported that Motshekga had defended the plan, adamant that while she cannot guarantee the safety of school children, the department has done its best to move forward considering the situation.
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