Watch | Maimane Slams Government For School Reopening

Maimane said wealthy schools were most likely more prepared to receive pupils than poorer schools.

Watch | Maimane Slams Government For School Reopening-SurgeZirc SA
One SA Movement Founder Mmusi Maimane/Photo File:Screengrabs

One SA Movement founder Mmusi Maimane has again criticized the government’s plan to reopen schools for the second phase during the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Monday morning, grade R, 6 and 11 pupils joined grade 7 and 12 pupils as the second phase of the schooling system was given the green light by the department of basic education.

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Basic education minister Angie Motshekga said at the weekend that provinces that are not ready to receive grade R pupils have until the end of the month to provide strategic and realisable plans.

She said all grade R and pre-grade R learners who have already returned to school must continue going to school.

“Schools that meet the health, safety and social distancing protocols can reopen for their grade R and pre-grade R learners.

“We will continue to work with the national associations responsible for pupils with special needs to streamline the return of these pupils to school,” she said.

In the past few weeks, the plan to reopen schools received criticism after reports that more teachers and pupils were being infected with the coronavirus since the beginning of June.

Maimane said wealthy schools were most likely more prepared to receive pupils than poorer schools.

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He argued that his great concern was the poorer schools that lacked basic infrastructure.

“My greatest pain in all of this is that today we now have a government that seems to have forgotten the cries of the poor.

”Many wealthy schools are ready, they have all the infrastructure.”

 

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