EDITORIAL | Motshekga must talk to SA’s parents. Now

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EDITORIAL | Motshekga must talk to SA’s parents. Now

Education minister has many problems, but her address to the nation on reopening schools can be delayed no longer

Editorial

An announcement on the reopening of schools has been put on hold for the umpteenth time. Basic education minister Angie Motshekga was set to address the nation on Thursday morning but this was yet again postponed. She was expected to provide the final back-to-school dates as well as detailed plans for a phased approach for the different grades to get back into the classroom. 

This was to come after discussions with the national coronavirus command council and the cabinet. It is not the first time we are hearing the words “consultations” and “preliminary” dates. How many more consultations will there be before SA parents and children are told what is going on? This while we still do not even know how many of our children have been infected with Covid-19.

Motshekga was first expected to share the department’s plans as far back as Monday, April 27 – and this was already 11 days after a document with the proposed back-to-school timeframe was leaked to TimesLIVE. Even though the department distanced itself from this report, those same dates were contained in a letter to parents issued by a Johannesburg school a few days later...

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