- Minister Angie Motshegka says that parents will be allowed to keep children out of school
- This is despite the law compelling parents to send their kids to school, but the Covid-19 pandemic has proven exceptional
- However, parents who intend to homeschool their children were urged to apply with the Department of Education on time
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South African parents who are anxious over schools reopening will be allowed to keep their children at home.
News24 reports that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga had confirmed that a concession would be made in this regard.
The Department of Education has agreed not to deregister children who have been away from school for 10 days.
This goes against the law relating to this issue, but Motshekga acknowledged that the Covid-19 pandemic was an unprecedented situation:
"We understand the anxiety of parents and we don't react the same in a time of crisis. It is illegal to keep any child under 15 years away from school. We understand that we are operating in a difficult situation. Some parents are really anxious because their children have underlying conditions. Some are playing watch and see. We said we will be patient this time. According to the law if after 10 days a child doesn't come, we assume they are at another place and we deregister them."
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Parents were encouraged to notify the school should they intend on keeping their children at home:
"Parents who are comfortable in bringing their children to school, they are still able to bring their children. But those who don't must notify us on time. We have advised that they must homeschool their children."
Briefly.co.za reported that numerous parents had been concerned after Motshekga admitted that the department could not guarantee the safety of schoolchildren amid the pandemic.
Grade 7 and 12 learners returned to school on Monday with mixed feelings over the ability of children to adhere to social distancing, wearing face masks and hygiene preventative measures.
However, Motshekga was adamant that the virus is here to stay for the foreseeable future, compelling the department to reopen schools in an attempt to salvage the school year.
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