Covid-19: Schools that are not ready to open must remain closed

Covid-19: Schools that are not ready to open must remain closed

- Schools may not open on Monday as planned as many do not have the necessary protective equipment or protocols in place

- The Department of Basic Education has met with the National School Governing Body Associations (NASGB) and have agreed to keeps schools that are not ready closed

- Angie Motshekga is expected to make an announcement on Sunday regarding the reopening of schools

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The National School Governing Body Associations (NASGB) have met with the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and they have agreed that school which to not have the necessary equipment will not open.

Briefly.co.za learned that the Department of Basic Education has not yet released an official; statement but she is expected to announce it this evening.

The Association’s General-Secretary Matakanye Matakanya has asked all staff and parents who know that their school is not prepared with the correct protective equipment and protocols must contact the NASGB and the department according to SABC.

“We did meet with the Minister yesterday (Saturday), we agreed with the Minister that this coming week must be a week for mopping up, we really raised concerns that there are schools that do not have the non-negotiables. We referring to water, PPEs, social distancing. The teachers, the parents they must ensure that today they go into their schools and if there are things that really supposed to be in schools are not there they must alert us, they must alert the Department.”

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In other news, Breifly.co.za reported that the Department of Basic Education has gazetted the updated academic calendar for SA schools amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published on Friday, Minister Angie Motshekga had explained that the slow return of students would take place in phases, with the last group returning in August.

The minister made it clear that only schools that complied with health, safety and social distancing measures would be opening.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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