Parents Aren’t Looking Forward To Sending Back Their Children To School

“We are just concerned because winter is one of the seasons where it very cold and children get flu,” one parent said on Wednesday.

Angie Motshekga has outlined that 1 June is a back to school date for grade 7s and grade 12s the cabinet and the national coronavirus command council have now approved a basic education's plan to reopen schools after a two-month break due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
Minister Angie Motshekga/ picture from DispatchLIVE

Parents aren’t looking forward to sending back their children to school hence they are against the government’s decision to allow the first group of children to return to school from next month.

In less than two weeks, grade 7 and grade 12 students will go back to school but under tight regulations.

Basic education minister on Tuesday said no parent would be forced to allow their child to go back to school during the coronavirus pandemic.

And some parents said they were not going to risk it. They want their children to stay home longer.

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“We are just concerned because winter is one of the seasons where it very cold and children get flu,” one parent said on Wednesday.

But not everyone is against the idea of reopening schools.

One father revealed that his trust is on the government’s judgment that teachers would do everything in their power to keep the students safe.

Other grades will resume to school in phases as the government closely observe infection rates.

So far, there are no coronavirus fatalities among children under the age of 18.

Angie Motshekga said her department had depended heavily on medical and expert advice to inform its decision to reopen schools amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

She has guaranteed parents that her department is working hard to make sure all safety and health measures are in place to protect learners and educators.

Angie Motshekga said her department has been working closely following international best practices led by medical expertise when deciding to reopen schools amid coronavirus.

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The basic education minister pleaded with parents to work together with school officials to make sure learners suffering from pre-existing conditions are helped.

“Parents must step up; they must declare what underlying problems their children have. If you know your child has asthma, you must declare.”

Motshekga said they were also working together with the transport department to guarantee safety measures such as sanitizing, distancing, and the wearing of masks are done at all times.

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