- Minister Angie Motshekga's comments on 702 has raised more than a few eyebrows in Mzansi
- Motshekga called for concerned citizens to 'stop creating drama' over the plan to reopen schools
- This comes as the nation prepares to allow students to return to the classroom despite the continued risk posed by the Covid-19 virus
One of the most common reactions to the news that South African student would be heading back to the classroom despite a predicted spike in Covid-19 infections was undoubtedly a concern.
People were worried not only for the safety of their children but for the safety of family members with existing underlying conditions at home.
Briefly.co.za reported that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga herself admitted that the government couldn't offer parents any guarantee safety, saying that parents who did not like the idea of their children returning to school amid the pandemic could explore homeschooling as an option.
But, speaking on 702, Motshekga became defensive and told Eusebius McKaiser that:
“It is managed by people that are trained, they screen, they check the temperature … we have linked every school to a clinic, if you find a child with a high temperature, we will handle it the way it is handled everywhere else. We have community health workers who will be screening at the gate.”
The minister explained that three principles were guiding the response to the pandemic in schools:
“There are three principles guiding us – making sure that schools don’t become centres where the virus can be spread, making sure children don’t get infected in schools but also enabling them to continue with what is rightfully theirs, the right to education and the right to be taken care of.”
But the comment that got Mzansi hot under the collar was her call for citizens to stop 'creating drama':
“There is no need to dramatic on this… We should not be creating drama saying schools are more at risk of infection than anywhere else.”
Even McKaiser, a veteran media representative well-seasoned in controversial interviews, commented that:
"I can't believe the minister thinks people are "dramatic" for asking granular questions about safety protocols at our schools. That is shocking. Concerns, from all walks of life, are legitimate and must be responded to."
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