‘Prof Jansen’s attack on minister is shocking in the extreme’
His views about reopening schools betray a disdain for those in political office, writes education official
The department of basic education welcomes constructive engagement in assisting the department to respond effectively to the unprecedented challenge we face. The emergence of Covid-19 and the resultant lockdown has been a heavy blow to the DBE’s goal of providing quality education to all our children of school-going age. This is a responsibility held in trust for the people of SA and we take it very seriously.
It is both shocking and disheartening when a respected academic and seasoned professional of Prof Jonathan Jansen’s calibre rides roughshod over this commitment and casts aspersions on the department (https://select.timeslive.co.za/ideas/2020-05-21-back-to-school-isnt-about-saving-lives-its-a-gamble-on-kids-health/) and the minister’s bona fides.
The decision to reopen the schools was not an easy one for the sector. It was a balancing act between the health of learners, educators and officials and the pressing needs of the children’s academic progress. ..