-KwaZulu-Natal has rejected the plan to send Grade R students back to school on Monday
- The national Education Department revealed its decision to allow only Grade R, 6 and 11 pupils to return
- However, the provincial department is adamant that Grade R students will stay home 'until further notice'
The KwaZulu-Natal provincial Education Department has rejected the plan to allow Grade R students to return to school on Monday.
Briefly.co.za reported that Minister Angie Motshekga's plan has come under immense scrutiny with only Grades R, 6 and 11 allowed to return amid a spike in Covid-19 infections.
Enock Nzama, the provincial education department's head, told parents the province would not be allowing this plan to take place:
"After careful consideration of all the reports, CEM took a decision that only Grade 6, Grade 11 and Grade R will return to school on Monday, 6 July. The decision affects all provinces. However, the province has taken a decision to only accept Grade 6 and Grade 11 on 6 July. Grade R learners must temporarily remain at home and await further advice."
News24 reports that Minister Motshekga had revealed the change had been made in light of increasing infections:
"We will adjust the reopening phases, based on the risk-adjusted strategy, which is a considered attempt to balance our approach to school reopening, taking into account all factors that affect the work we do."
Meanwhile, worried parents have united under the banner of #SaveOurChildren, calling for a total shutdown of schools, reports SABC.
Representative Abdul Karriem Mathews noted that infections in schools continue to rise despite strict preventative measures being put in place:
“Schools were impacted. More than 1 500 teachers became infected. Up to 10 teachers have already died. The mere act of opening the schools in May has led to infections spiking among teachers.
"Those teachers dying is what we call state-sanctioned murder. Opening other grades, especially Grade R, who are expected to wear a mask and sanitise, it’s impossible and absurd to open up the schools.”
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