- Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has updated South Africa on the plan to reopen schools
- Only Grade 6 and 11 students will be returning to the classroom on July 6 with provinces urged to present plans for Grade R students to return
- Citizens have once again voiced their displeasure over the government's plans with the minister once again under fire
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has updated SA on the phased approach to reopening schools amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Briefly.co.za reported that the plan to see students back in the classroom on July 6 was amended to only allow Grade 6, 11 and R pupils back.
Now, Motshekga has confirmed that while Grade 6 and 11 should return to school on Monday, provincial government should propose plans to reopen Grade R classes.
Motshekga is adamant that there is no proof to back up claims that schools have become 'cesspools' for Covid-19.
Defending her decision to reopen schools Motshekga explained that only 0.1% of the students who returned to school have contracted the virus.
The minister made it clear that the department is unable to allow all students to return just yet, rolling out materials to help children learn at home instead.
Parents intending to continue educating children through homeschooling were urged to contact the department, not attempt to apply at schools.
Motshekga noted that only just over 900 of the 22 000 schools had experienced issues opening on time, only delayed for the space of a few days.
Commenting on infections in schools, the minister blamed non-compliance when it comes to hygiene and social distancing for reported spikes.
Citizens were unimpressed with the minister's address, taking to social media to voice their displeasure.
Take a look at just a few of the many reactions below:
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