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education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that the Department of Basic Education's (DBE’s) announcement on Tuesday that schools would reopen on 1 June when SA moves to Level 3 of the Covid-19 lockdown, left more questions than answers for teacher unions and associations.  

Grade 7s and 12s will be the first to return in a phasing-in approach.  While DBE Minister Angie Motshekga has outlined measures to be put in place to ensure that pupils return to a safe environment, concerns have been raised as to whether the work on the ground will be done – and in due time.  Unions and associations involved in meetings with the DBE ahead of Tuesday's announcement expressed dissatisfaction at the lack of detail given by Motshekga and her officials at Tuesday’s briefing.  National Teachers Union (Natu) president Allen Thompson said they were concerned that Motshekga made no mention of how and when additional teachers would be recruited to assist with overcrowding.  Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysersunie (Saou) CEO Chris Klopper pointed out that the department gave no reasons why Grade 7 and 12 were the only pupils being phased in and there was little clarity on how small and special schools would be dealt with.  Basil Manuel of the National Professional Teachers' Organisation of SA (Naptosa) said they were not opposed to pupils returning but were concerned over whether provinces were ready.  He added that too little was said about how exactly social distancing would be carried out and how replacement teachers would be coordinated.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sesona Ngqakamba at News24


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