South Africans respond to the reopening of schools being postponed

- The reopening of schools in Mzansi has been postponed, according to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

- South Africans are now sharing their thoughts on the topic through the hashtag #SchoolsReopening

- Many seem to be turning the situation into a joke while others have pressing questions

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga recently confirmed that the reopening of schools has been postponed. South Africans have now taken to social media to share their thoughts about Motshekga's announcement.

#SchoolsReopening is in the top five trending topics in Mzansi. There seems to be a lot of complaints from parents who have shared jokes on Twitter about having their bundles of joy at home for an extended period.

Other tweeps are asking a bunch of questions, from school fees to feeding schemes.

Briefly.co.za compiled some of the tweets using #SchoolsReopening. Read them below:

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Below are some responses to Tumi Sole's tweet:

@Sigco101 wrote:

"Wow so now we are stuck with these unemployed, forever hungry, Oros-finishing, remote-hiding small relatives for another month!!!!"

@NnaModisi responded with:

"As long as it affects private schools too I'm fine with the decision."

Take a look at the other tweets about the postponement below:

@RealLwaziMsomi tweeted:

"The way you feel about your kids being at home, how do you think the teachers feel? They're just as tired of your kids as you are. #SchoolsReopening."

@malindi_s asked:

"Can we have the school feeding schemes running? I know of a few kids in my hood who depend on that. If not I will try and start one at my house. #SchoolsReopening."

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported on Minister Motshekga's announcement about schools. In a media briefing on Friday morning, the minister announced that the date had been postponed to 15 February.

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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."

This move includes private schools that have already reopened, continued Mhaule:

“This includes private schools that have already reopened. They will need to postpone their reopening to a later date. This is to provide relief to the health system which is already struggling to cope with demands.”

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