As all primary schools learners were expected to have returned to their daily classes from the 2nd of August 2021 as instructed by the minister of basic education, Angie Motshekga. The principal of Phumzile primary school has listed challenges with adhering to Covid19 rules and protocols at Soshanguve Block H.

The principal of Phumzile Primary school said that “Yes! Pupil’s have returned to school but problem is the ratio in classes, some are lower, some has more students than others. Issue of social distancing is a challenge, as we have tried to use other classes but it’s difficult because we lack teachers. The issue of screening in the morning delays classes. The people hired to screen learners are not well trained and they don’t have a strategy to manage time”

Thandi Mkhonto One of the parents said that “ It’s a good thing that our kids returned back to school because they cannot afford to waste another year, however I am very much concerned about my child’s safety. I plead with the principals and teachers everywhere to fully adhere to Covid19 rules and protocols. Teachers must observe learners, before lockdown my son’s came back home wearing his friend’s mask. They need to insure that learners don’t borrow each other masks”.

One of the employees that chose to remain anonymous said “ Based on Covid19 rules, we are trying our best to follow the rules. We sanitize, screen and we make sure that learners are wearing masks. We trying our best to prevent them from getting this virus. I hope the social distancing issue will be soon resolved”.

Meanwhile the department of education has come out to speak to the challenges faced by schools inregards to the challenges being experienced. Motshekga said they were considering decreasing the social distance space to accommodate more learners. She further said those schools that find it impossible to adhere to guidelines under the new regulations, then those schools should return to the rotation system.

By: Mbali Mabena.

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