- For most Grade 7 and 12 students, schooling amid the Covid-19 pandemic will begin on Monday
- Angie Motshekga is confident that all schools have received the needed equipment and staff will be reporting for duty
- The Basic Education Minister says she expects to see 'effective teaching' by Wednesday
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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga seems determined to see her back-to-school plan amid the Covid-19 pandemic flourish.
While Motshekga isn't expecting to see classes resuming immediately, the minister indicated that she wants proper lessons to kick off as early as Wednesday:
“Monday and Tuesday will be used for induction and reorientation for teachers and pupils and distribution of PPEs to the kids. By Wednesday, I am expecting effective teaching."
Briefly.co.za reported that union SADTU had encouraged teachers to stay away from work when schools reopened for staff last week, adamant that its members would not return without the proper protection against the virus.
READ ALSO: SADTU asks teachers to stay away: Issues over Covid-19 non-compliance
But Motshekga insists that teachers at schools which had received sufficient personal protective equipment should report for duty or face a 'no work, no pay' policy:
“They haven’t indicated that if all their health requirements have been met, they [will not come], so I don’t want to even assume that they won’t come. I think they appreciate the importance for them to come to work. If they don’t come, I guess the rule will apply."
The minister even went as far as to say teachers who couldn't see themselves performing their duties amid the pandemic should step aside and make space for young and eager teachers who would:
“So if perhaps you are too anxious to come to work, it means you have to give the less anxious [a chance to take your place]."
Motshekga highlighted that the 'most difficult' task, curriculum management, had been done, with only technical details remaining outstanding.
Schools that have not received PPE and other materials will remain closed on Monday with auditors deployed by the department to assess and ensure readiness.
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