psaPretoria News reports that calls for Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga to reconsider the reopening of schools are growing louder after the closure of more schools due to Covid-19 infections.  

The Public Servants Association (PSA) said it believed educator and learner infection reports within just a week of schools reopening was an indication they had opened prematurely.  More than 56 Gauteng schools have been closed after educators and learners tested positive.  The PSA expressed the view that daily closing of schools would become the norm across the country, resulting in even more disruptions to the academic year which would ultimately not benefit learners.  The union pointed to the long-term impact that infections would have on psychological well-being of learners, with infected learners having to be quarantined and those that were in close contact with them having to self-isolate.  As an alternative, the union suggested reworking the academic year to run from October to July to enable the department to save lives and ensure that learners received quality education.  Education activist Hendrick Makaneta claimed that there had already been complaints from teachers who found it difficult to teach with face masks and learners who were unable to hear properly.  “How long are we going to wait before we realise that the reopening of schools was a mistake?”, he asked

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