- Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has provided an update on the closure of SA schools as Covid-19 infections continue to rise
- The minister says a 'consensus position' will be provided as soon as Cabinet provides approval
- Motshekga weighed in while presenting her department's adjusted budget to the National Council of Provinces
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has promised to provide SA with a 'consensus' position on whether or not schools will be closing. Motshekga is waiting for Cabinet to approve the plan in the face of rising Covid-19 infections in the country.
The minister explained, while presenting her department's adjusted budget to the National Council of Provinces, that there had been countless views on the crisis:
"There are divergent views on whether schools should remain open or closed."
Motshekga explained that there had been numerous consultations over this controversial matter
"After solid consultations the past week, after Cabinet approval, we will be able to indicate what should happen in the sector in the face of ongoing infections in the country. There have also been loud voices that have been saying that we should close schools."
The minister made it clear that Cabinet had the final say as far as the closure of schools is concerned:
"We will definitely come with a consensus position as soon as Cabinet has given approval."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the Educators Union of SA has promised to forcibly shut schools down as it pushed its message against Covid-19 fatalities among schoolchildren and staff.
Union president Sicelo Bhengu insists that his union and its allies are unafraid of law enforcement and are prepared to be arrested for confronting the 'sheer arrogance and gross attitude' of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga:
“We are not worried about the law enforcement agencies. We are more than prepared to be arrested fighting to protect the innocent lives of teachers and learners."
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