DA still concerned about Limpopo education department’s readiness

POLOKWANE

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo is calling for Limpopo MEC for Education Polly Boshielo to be held accountable for allegedly misleading the province with her claim that it was “system go for Limpopo” with regard to schools reopening.

The DA said it conducted some oversight visits at schools in the province during the day of reopening and discovered a mixed bag of results in terms of the levels of readiness and compliance with Covid-19 health and safety measures for reopening.

The Department of Basic Education had stated that all 3 711 schools in Limpopo were ready to reopen.

“During the visits to schools we noticed that some schools did not open as they were ill prepared and some of the schools visited had not received sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

“This does not include the schools that still have water and sanitation issues. The lack of preparedness by these schools is of particular concern because of its impact on the learners’ academic year and the threat to the health of educators, staff and learners, “said the party in a statement.

The DA said it was also evident during their visits that some schools were quite well prepared for the safe resumption of learning and it was encouraging to see that they already had planning in place for the next batch of phased-in learners.

“This should be the level of preparedness that should have been assured across the province, said DA’s Limpopo leader Jacques Smalle.

The DA said it will continue to monitor the progress of schools and adherence to the health and safety measures during this Covid-19 pandemic to ensure learners, educators and staff are not exposed to the virus.

Thapelo Motseo

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