- Panyaza Lesufi has outlined the application process for parents who don't wish to send their children back to school next week
- The Gauteng Department of Education has made home learning tools available
- 14-day learning packs will be made available for children according to their different grades
As Grade 7 and 12 learners are set to return to school on Monday, 8 June, parents still remain worried about the safety of their children amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
MEC for Education in Gauteng Panyaza Lesufi has outlined the steps that worried parents need to take if they feel their children should not return to school next week.
Parents all over the country have been sceptical about sending their children back to school because they fear that schools are not adequately prepared to have children back.
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has come under fire for her decision to reopen schools and several unions are taking the government to court over this issue. Mmusi Maimane, former DA leader, has also joined this fight against government.
Lesufi explained the option of home education, an alternative to school attendance, is available. A home education site means the home of the learner who is registered for home education is in accordance with Section 51 of the Act.
Lesufi added that an option of lockdown learning is also available. This is home-based learning to accommodate learners with pre-existing health conditions, those who are sick or are affected by the pandemic in other ways.
A tab on the Gauteng Department of Education website has been created for home education with several documents outlining all the policies and measures in place.
Districts will organise 14-day Learning Activity Packs (LAPS) for categories of learners according to their grades. Parents who wish to make use of home-based learning can apply at www.education.gauteng.gov.za.
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