- Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has made it clear schools won't punish parents for not feeling comfortable sending their kids to school
- Lesufi says students who don't return will not be deregistered for the 2021 school year as a result
- This comes as Grade 6 and 11 learners head back to the classroom on Monday
Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has good news for parents who aren't happy sending their children to school amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking to 702, Lesufi explained that Gauteng has attempted to make provisions available to concerned parents:
"Gauteng has taken a different approach, if families feel that their children cant go back to school, we have given them the opportunity for home education.
"Those that want their children to come back, we have strengthened the strict protocols within our schools. We have given support to every family to choose the best outcome that will suit their children."
Parents who feel that their children should wait until the coast is clear to return to school have now got to option to do so without fearing deregistration, according to Lesufi:
"If we can't get the teaching staff in order, some of the services that we are offering can't be rendered. The law has been amended. If your child is not back at school, they will not be deregistered, they will have space next year. But we encourage parents to choose other options that ensures that their children continue learning."
Lesufi is prepared for some 'teething problems' in between now and everything returning to normal.
Briefly.co.za reported that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga had briefed SA ahead of the return to school for Grade 6 and 11 pupils.
Motshekga had ordered provinces which aren't prepared to receive Grade R students to present plans for their return by the end of the month.
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