Motshekga delays briefing on readiness of schools to reopen

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.
GCIS
  • Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has postponed her address on the state of readiness of schools to reopen.
  • This comes as Grade 7 and 12s are expected to return to school on Monday.
  • There has been widespread opposition from unions to the reopening of schools.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has rescheduled a much anticipated briefing on the state of schools' readiness to reopen, amid ongoing consultations. 

Motshekga was expected to address the nation on Sunday evening.

On Saturday, Motshekga met with unions who are convinced the education system is not ready to resume on Monday, News24 reported earlier.  

School governing bodies and unions believe it is not in the best interests of children and teachers to return to schools while there is uncertainty about health and safety.

They have argued that not all schools have received deliveries of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for pupils and staff, and that many schools have not yet been cleaned or disinfected.

On Friday, the Department of Education gazetted the new schedule of the school calendar which outlines that Grade 7 and 12s will return on Monday, followed by other grades from July and August.

The minister is expected to brief the nation at Sunrise View Secondary School in Rustenburg, North West, at 11:00 on Monday.

Schools were expected to reopen from Monday after being closed for more that 60 days, but some private schools have taken decision not to, Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (Isasa) told News24.

Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
A few positive Covid-19 cases have been confirmed at two SA rugby franchises.. Should teams proceed with return to training protocols?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, SA rugby is already behind the eight ball compared to New Zealand and Australia
14% - 150 votes
It’s too dangerous, the country is only now heading into the Covid-19 storm!
39% - 422 votes
Get the ball rolling, Covid-19 is here to stay as the 'new normal'
47% - 513 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
16.73
(+0.41)
ZAR/GBP
21.05
(+0.78)
ZAR/EUR
19.01
(-0.01)
ZAR/AUD
11.66
(+0.17)
ZAR/JPY
0.16
(+0.72)
Gold
1807.45
(+0.42)
Silver
19.31
(+2.98)
Platinum
840.00
(+2.00)
Brent Crude
43.05
(0.00)
Palladium
1991.94
(+1.99)
All Share
56199.46
(+1.41)
Top 40
51874.81
(+1.41)
Financial 15
10703.82
(+2.21)
Industrial 25
76910.63
(+1.02)
Resource 10
53327.86
(+1.61)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo