Mixed reactions over school reopening


Two parents in Zebediela with children attending Sekutupu primary school in Mathibeng area have offered their views on the Basic Education Department’s decision to allow mass grades to return to school after forced five months break.

Department has backed up its decision saying government was satisfied that its system were ready for the reopening of schools.

Department’s Minister, Angie Motshekga, said they have been burning the midnight oil with MEC’s and everything was ready.

“We have endeavoured to do everything in our power that while we rescue the academic year of 2020 we also make sure it is not all costs. The safety of our children and our educators and workers remain paramount,” she said

Rose Ngobeni, mother of three, who accompanied her 11 years daughter at school on the day, said she welcomes the department’s decision to allow learners to return to school.

Rose said she was overjoyed see her daughter returning to school. She said her child loves education and they have been waiting for quite long to return.

“I think my children are old enough to understand what is happening and knows what to do to protect themselves,” said Rose

“I don’t see any problem with how the department introduced new rotational days to attend class, even my child would adjust to it. At least at school she will earn something,” she said.

Another parent, Mabatho Malatji, whose two children are doing grade 4, said she was not sure if it was a good decision for learners to return to school.

“My wish was that our children should return to school next year. I fear that if one child has the virus my son will contact it as well,” explained Mabatho.

She said it was safer and better for children to remain at home for the whole year.

Thapelo Motseo

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