- The decision to alter the number of grades allowed to return to school has put Minister Angie Motshekga in the spotlight once more
- With Covid-19 infections jumping by thousands on a daily basis, parents and citizens alike are concerned
- The decision to allow Grade R students to return seems to be a major bone of contention for many
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has once again come under fire for her decisions amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Briefly.co.za reported that the department had announced only Grade R, 6 and 11 would be allowed to return to school on 6 July.
This reduces the number of students returning to school dramatically, a move the department says was decided on in light of rising infections.
The minister has since been trending on social media as citizens weigh in with their (mostly critical) opinions on the matter.
Lunga Ntulini pointed out that politicians are using virtual meetings to discuss the fate of students on the ground:
"Just imagine Education cabinet yonke sitting down discussing and agreeing that it is safe for Grade R to go back to school. Meanwhile, they are using Skype because it is not safe for them to meet in the boardroom. Niyanya yazi."
Multiple people encouraged parents to rather allow their children to miss a grade than to send them back to school at this uncertain time.
With numerous provinces baulking under the pressure to hospitalise Covid-19 patients, the idea of sending a child back into the classroom is daunting for many.
Some felt that the minister had crossed the line, calling for her removal from Cabinet over this sensitive issue.
Take a look at just a few of the thousands of opinions on this situation below:
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