- Minister Angie Motshekga is set to brief the nation on the return of students on Monday
- The Department of Education will also update SA on the progress made with regards to schools reopening amid the Covid-19 pandemic
- Meanwhile, the EFF has questioned who will look after children while parents return to work
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will be addressing South Africa on Sunday afternoon.
In a statement issued by the Department of Education, it was confirmed that Motshekga will be discussing the plan to reopen more grades on Monday:
"The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, will host a media briefing to give an update on the progress in the basic education sector since the reopening of schools in the Covid-19 environment. The Minister will also elaborate on the revised plans regarding the return of other grades to school."
Briefly.co.za reported that the plan to allow Grade R, 6 and 11 students to return had come under fire, with many calling for a total shutdown as SA heads towards peak infections.
Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters have rejected the decision to keep early childhood centres closed amid the pandemic.
In a statement issued by the party on the subject, the party insists that this move will result in countless job losses:
"The action will lead to an increase in the number of unemployed black people, especially black women, who are the ones operating and managing these Early Childhood Development centres."
The party touched on a prevalent issue facing countless parents who need to return to work despite schools remaining closed:
"What then should happen to the children whose mothers have to go back to work, because the government says they should? Should they be left alone at home to fend for themselves and roaming the streets?"
The party accused the government of this 'ridiculous logic', adamant that the stalled reopening of schools, while parents are encouraged to return to work, is part of the government's 'capitalist agenda'.
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