- Following the easing of the lockdown regulations, schools across the country were re-opened to accommodate learners
- With plans to phase more and more learners back to school, concerned parents and teachers have called for the school closure
- The number of Covid-19 positive cases and fatalities have been rising daily and South Africans have taken to social media to share their frustrations
When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the nationwide lockdown in March, the vast majority of organisations were closed, including schools.
Since then, the government has eased some of the lockdown regulations, which has also paved the way for learners to return to school.
Some of the grades have already resumed and the Department of Education planned to phase the remaining ones over the next few months.
However, many South Africans are opposed to the idea of schools reopening and have taken to social media to call for the closure.
A large group of teachers have previously protested on the basis that Covid-19 still poses a huge threat and concerned parents share similar sentiments.
Briefly.co.za observed some of the public reaction via social media.
Brinbella Kennel (@BrinbellaKennel) said,
"I don't understand all this talk about choice when it comes to public health. We don't give people choice in public health matters... keep the kids home!"
Jun (@junaidismail2) added,
"This is some of the reasons why we as Sadtu want schools closed: Schools are experiencing a high number of absenteeism due to the anxiety and fear from both learners and parents."
TSHEPO (@MalumeSharepart) said,
"We need to tackle this virus head on but can't do it at the expense of our children. They as leaders should lead by example and return to work. Why are they hiding? Stop using our children as bait."
Rarang Tabane (@simply_rarang) added,
"Schools can shut down but HANDS OFF teachers. Teachers are already underpaid. No matter how hard and how long they work they don’t make more than R20k a month till retirement. They work 30+ years just to settle for a lower middle class lifestyle. Emang nyana."
Briefly.co.za previously reported that 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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