- Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has announced that a student in his province has contracted Covid-19
- This comes just days before schools across SA are set to reopen for Grade 7 and 12 pupils
- Lesufi confirmed that select schools in the province will be opening later than planned
Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi has announced that a local pupil has tested positive for Covid-19 just days ahead of schools reopening.
Lesufi revealed this disturbing piece of information while assessing whether or not some Gauteng schools were prepared to welcome students back.
IOL reports that the parents of the child informed him of the positive case on Wednesday, prompting the department to alter plans to reopen certain schools on June 1:
"When children play in a community, they play with children from all other schools. When they (parents) notified us, we said 'Let's do changes before that community goes back to school'. There will be areas that come back later on and not necessarily on the first of June depending on the circumstances. Generally we've had no problems, we're expecting everyone to come back."
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga remains confident in the decision to reopen schools across the nation, despite the current pandemic.
With schools rushing to prepare teachers and staff for the return of Grade 7 and 12 learners on Monday, Motshekga had shown little sympathy for anyone with any anxiety over the situation.
The minister had reminded parents that they were under no obligation to send their children to school, insisting that these concerns should not get in the way of parents who were behind the plan:
"We are saying don't stand in the way of children and parents who want to come to school. We know schools are good for children. They play in the streets now. It can't be safe when they play in the streets."
Briefly.co.za reported that a similar sentiment was expressed towards teachers who were considering staying away from work amid the pandemic.
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