- Mmusi Maimane is preparing to go to battle with the Department of Basic Education over the reopening of schools
- The One SA founder insists that the government should close ahead of the expected peak of Covid-19 infections
- Maimane slammed Ramaphosa for expecting SA to face the coming storm with the nation's children still in the classroom
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The pressure continues to mount on the Department of Basic Education to shut down SA schools amid ever-increasing Covid-19 infections.
Mmusi Maimane, who has long opposed the reopening of classrooms, says that he is prepared ahead of his legal battle over the issue.
The One SA movement founder says that President Cyril Ramaphosa expects SA to face the storm under harsh lockdown restrictions, while at the same time keeping schools open:
"The President has asked the nation to face the storm, to stop drinking, to stop smoking, to stay inside at night. He has asked schools remain open. Even students are facing the storm. That’s all fine, but why are parliamentarians not being asked to face the same storm."
Maimane insists that the wise move is to err on the side of caution instead of enduring more positive cases in the classroom:
"To continue down this path is to repeat the same action and expect different results. Let’s close the schools until after the peak. Let’s use that time to fix the decaying school infrastructure and let’s redesign the curriculum."
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Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that the Department of Basic Education had been prompted to engage with unions after numerous calls for the immediate closure of schools.
In a response issued to these calls, the department said that Cabinet would reach a decision on this sensitive subject, following which Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga would address SA on the outcome.
However, the Council of Education Ministers condemned the matter becoming a political 'ballgame':
“These platforms are appropriate avenues to register their concerns and complaints and not our centres of learning and development. The unfolding political ballgame does not belong in schools.”
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