- Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's announcement about the school programme affects numerous households across the nation
- With school children heading back to classes from 1 June, parents and citizens alike have weighed in
- It seems that, while opinions differ, many South Africans remain fearful of the situation
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has stood by her decision to reopen schools for Grade 7 and 12 students on June 1.
Briefly.co.za asked readers to weigh in on the call, questioning whether or not they felt it was the right move for SA amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Take a look at just a few of the countless responses to this announcement during a stressful time for Mzansi parents:
Mpho Leta: "If the kids were indoors like they are supposed to be I would say yes but they are all over the place, in supermarkets, at malls with parents, playing in the streets, even having tournaments as if all is the norm. For me personally if they can play outside all day long, why not attend school?"
MilliDee Wa Lekhosi Serame: "Their timing is wrong, it's winter and it's said that the virus doesn't want cold, I feel worried and scared that what happened in France after opening schools might happen in SA."
Olebogeng Radira Modikoe: "Was disappointed when an elderly woman made the announcement of such magnitude involving the lives of our future leaders, anyway these schools are in our communities, we have the responsibility to keep the schools shut."
Ntsoaki Agnes Mokolokolo-:"I think government officials, including Parliament, should start working too as from 1st June as for schools, the kids must go to school, most of them were never in lockdown. They always on streets and visiting each other, but then again it's still your decision as a parent to send your child to school or rather homeschool, but most of us we know, even with small homework we can't help our kids."
Victor Godfree Nkuna: "Parents are furious about opening of schools while their kids are always in town, on the streets and malls just for fun. I'm glad parents are given all options, deregister your child, study from home or go to school. No one has out a gun on parents."
Palesa Tolo: "It's sad because some would say what's the point of not going back when children are roaming the streets, but some parents have kept their children at home and they themselves are not back at work yet. Its a scary thought but hopefully measures will be taken to protect them even when those measures will never be the same sadly. I hope for the best, God help us all."
Johanna K Mmasenkhu: "Somehow we need to go back to routine, it's hard for us as parents, I just hope all precautions will be followed and our kids won't be exposed, but honestly what if this disease lasts for years? Will our kids' education cease?"
Matshepo Thafeng: "I'm sad. Angie Motshekga cannot guarantee safety for our children. With a child in Grade 12, I'm not happy that he is a testing machine. And I'm going to school for three days to see for myself safety measures before I can release my child. If I'm not satisfied, he is not going back."
Melody Cele: "These kids are up and down in the streets, some are helping in their family businesses, some playing soccer, some are sent to shops every day with no protection, so nje let them go to school, we are not talking about primary children."
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