Schools are expected to re-open on 26 July 2021 and according to Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga she said that the principal, school management teams, and teaching staff in schools are expected to utilize the week learners will be resuming to make preparation to the resuming of traditional and daily attendance. Motshekga said that the return to daily to attendance for both primary and high school learners will be on the 02 August 2021.
A parent by the name Naomi Mahlangu raised her opinions based on this initiative taken by saying that “our kids will catch this virus especially those who are in primary schools. For example, our kids don’t know how to practice social distancing, they will be all over each other playing. In addition, the fact that all of them will be in one class worsen this matter, and the spread of this virus will prevail and most families will be infected.”
A teacher by the name Ngobile Moloi from Buhlebemfundo Secondary School said that “my take on this matter is that Covid19 will be around for the longest of times and obviously at some point and time life must go on and that means schools must open sooner or later, sooner will be much better to save the academic year.”
Nolwandla Mahlangu a grade12 learner said that “things are difficult we are distracted when teachers are diagnosed with Covid19 and we must remain home for few days. Even now we had not completed last month’s syllabus, we were distracted by growing Covid19 cases forcing the President to shut down the school. Therefore according to me, l see traditional school as an opportunity to catch up where we left off.In conclusion, Mahlangu said, “therefore we are already behind we need to cover lost time because self-study is not working for us I think our Minister made the right decision for us despite Covid19 risks.”
By: Nthabiseng Makhubela.