- Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says that she is also 'anxious' over her grandchildren returning to school
- The minister was weighing in on her plans to reopen schools amid the Covid-19 pandemic
- The plans have thus far attracted massive amounts of criticism
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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says that she understands the strain of allowing children to return to school amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The minister admitted that she is 'anxious' over her own grandchildren going back to school during this uncertain time:
"I feel quite anxious, one of my grandchildren is in a boarding school but I have to accept that he has to go to school. I have lots of families and lots of grandchildren and some had already gone last week."
Parents wishing to enrol their children for home schooling were encouraged to do so through their provincial education department:
"We understand that it is an emotionally taxing period, it is very stressful and parents are anxious about their children but if you do indeed feel anxious there is no pressure to send your child to school. There are opportunities, which most parents have been using, to home educate their children."
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Briefly.co.za reported that Grade 6 and 11 students returned to school across the nation on Monday after nearly 4 months at home during the national lockdown.
This phase sees over 2 million students returning to the classroom at a time where Covid-19 infections are expected to be reaching peak levels soon.
Motshekga's plan to reopen schools during this time has been met with fierce criticism by many who feel children should be allowed to weather out the 'storm' at home.
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