Schools divided on calls to close as Covid-19 infections rise

Schools divided on calls to close as Covid-19 infections rise

- Schools are not a united front on the calls for schools to close as Covid-19 cases continue to increase across South Africa

- Some schools, mostly private and former model C institutions want schools to stay open while no-fee schools want to close

- Minister for Basic Education Angie Motshekga has a tough choice to make

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Earlier this week, 5 of South Africa's most influential teacher unions met with Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga to discuss closing schools again.

However, not all schools agree with this approach saying that the children's education will suffer a great deal if schools close according to Times Live.

Leading the call to keep schools open are private and former model C schools while no-fee schools are calling for schools to close again.

Briefly.co.za learned that the National Association of School Governing Bodies (NASGB) represents over 9 000 no-fee schools and agrees with the unions calls to close schools immediately.

Schools divided on calls to close as Covid-19 infections rise

Minister for Basic Education Angie Motshekga has a tough choice to make. Photo credit: Depositphotos
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The unions' resolutions on closing schools also include:

  • A new feeding scheme for pupils who rely on school feeding programmes.
  • Plans to be made to facilitate home learning and a means to distribute learning materials to parents and carers.
  • A task team to identify and create solutions for the challenges facing the education system.

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Earlier this week, Briefly.co.za reported that 5 education unions have come to the decision that schools in South Africa must close immediately.

Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) namely; the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU), National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), South African Teachers Union (SAOU), National Teachers Union (NATU) and Professional Educators Union (PEU) had a meeting with the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.

In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that One South Africa leader Mmusi Maimane thinks it is better to sacrifice the academic year and save lives.

The One South Africa movement has appealed against a judgement by the North Gauteng High Court which set aside Maimane's application to prevent schools from reopening.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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