Covid-19: Maimane petition over school reopening gains immense support

Covid-19: Maimane petition over school reopening gains immense support

- One SA leader Mmusi Maimane has enjoyed immense support for his petition to challenge the government over the reopening of schools

- Over 100 000 South Africans have signed up in a bid to compel the state to reconsider

- With the first batch of students returning on June 1, many are concerned over the safety of SA's children

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Over 100 000 South Africans agree with Mmusi Maimane that the government should reconsider the decision to reopen schools amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The One SA leader started a petition seeking to challenge the government's decision on Tuesday following Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's speech. reported that the department had opted to stick with its original June 1 reopening date which will see Grade 7 and Grade 12 students returning to the classroom.

The former Democratic Alliance leader highlighted the safety of students, teachers and staff members as the priority of him and his movement:

“This petition is not the end of the road. We are keeping all options open for the sake of our kids, relatives and communities.”

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Maimane condemned the fact that the reopening of schools might undo the progress made during lockdown:

"We maintain that opening schools at this stage poses a risk and danger on all students, teachers and support staff as all credible indicators suggest that infections have not yet peaked. We cannot risk allowing our country's places of learning to become petri dishes for increase in infections which may undo the value of the national lockdown.”

With the academic calendar set to be gazetted soon, Motshekga made it clear that the government could not guarantee the safety of all pupils despite the provisions undertaken.

The minister had confirmed that all citizens involved would receive training on Covid-19 measures:

“Arrangements are in place. All learners, educators and support staff will receive orientation and training at the start of the school reopening, commencing with Grades 7 and 12.”

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