Pressure goes up as many schools in Sekhukhune remain unready to reopen on June 8

Misunderstanding is reigning over the reopening of schools after the National Association of Schools Governing bodies and Department of Basic Education (DBE) postponed its media briefing on Monday.

This follows after civil societies and an organisation, including the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) threatens legal action against the DBE.

Postponed media briefing left many parents in a dilemma on whether should they take their children to school or not.

Civil societies argue that sending children to school, amid the growing wave of coronavirus infections and the looming winter months, would be a public health disaster.

Meanwhile in Mathibeng primary school pupils were turned back because school was remain closed with only teachers and members of governing body allowed to enter school premises.

However the school had the gate open from early morning and staff trickled in, doming masks.

Two grade 7 learners said they heard rumours that schools will open on the past Monday only to find out in the last minutes they rescheduled to June 8.

Learners said they hoped their school received enough sanitisers and PPEs.

“The delay of school to reopen is evident that most of schools are not ready,” vibrant learners said.

The Basic education minister, Angie Motshekga was initially due to clarify the school strategy on Sunday evening but she cancelled the media press in the dying minutes and issued a statement.

Thapelo Motseo

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