- Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is set to address the nation on the readiness of schools to open amid the Covid-19 pandemic
- Schools are, at present, set to open on Monday for the first time this year
- Meanwhile, the Department has warned schools against charging parents registration fees
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is set to address South Africa on the readiness of schools reopening on Sunday.
This comes as students around the nation are preparing to return to the classroom for the first time on Monday.
In the meantime, the Department of Basic Education has sent out a warning to schools over illegally charging parents a registration fee.
The Department reported an influx of parents reporting schools for insisting on a fee to enrol their child.
Speaking out on the subject National Education Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga told parents to simply refuse to pay:
“The department has received a lot of complaints from parents who indicate that schools are engaging in this unlawful practice. This is a warning from the Department of Basic Education to advise schools to refrain from this particular activity as it generates unnecessary tension between parents and schools. It creates a lot of pressure from parents as they think they need to pay monies for their children to be admitted when in fact this is not true."
With schools set to reopen experts say that the delay is set to have a significant impact on students due to the amount of teaching time lost during the course of last year.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Department of Basic Education had announced in January that schools reopening would be postponed amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Commenting on the decision Deputy Basic Education Minister Reginah Mhaule explained that:
“Given the pressure experienced by the health system in the past few weeks, occasioned by increased Covid-19 infections which has led to the second wave, the council of education ministers in conjunction with the national coronavirus command council and cabinet has taken the decision to delay the reopening of both public and private schools by two weeks."
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