The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga is expected address the nation on the state of readiness of schools. The majority of the Grades are set to return to school on Monday, 24 August 2020.
However, Democratic Alliance (DA) said reopening of schools is an unnerving time for South Africa’s parents, many of whom are scared about schools. To ensure the health and safety of their children.
In addition, they said Minister must do a presentation on school readiness in Parliament on Tuesday.
The DA said while accounting to Parliament is important, it’s also vital for Minister to address the public to ensure that parents, and caregivers know exactly how the DBE plans to ensure the safety of learner.
“It’s been over a month since the Minister has spoken to the nation and learners and parents have been in the dark on the Department and provinces’ readiness,” the statement reads.
Motshekga needs to urgently take the country into her confidence and provide answers to the lingering questions from many learners, parents and caregivers.
The DA said she needs to provide clarity specifically on the following:
— The National School Nutrition Programme’s (NSNP) and the fact that eight provincial Education MECs have failed to provide meals to millions of children who depend on it;
— Teaching staff shortages at schools. The DA reiterates call for final year teaching students to assist at under capacitate schools;
— What plans have been put in place to address schools that have not adequately prepared for reopening.
The federal party articulated that is the Minister’s responsibility to provide as much information and certainty as possible.
“To ensure that the rest of the school year runs smoothly,” they said.