SA minister says 95% of schools to re-open
South Africa schools are ready to re-open on Monday after the government eased the lockdown measures even as the coronavirus cases surge. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has confirmed that 95 percent of learning institutions have met the requirements to ensure there is a healthy learning environment.
The government has disinfected school premises and distributed masks and personal protective gear. The re-opening of schools was postponed by one week from 1st June to 8th June 2020 to allow for full compliance of the health, safety, and social distancing measures.
School administrators are ensuring that students are adhering to social distancing, washing of hands, and having their temperatures checked on arrival.
We have done and will continue to do our level best to ensure that our schools are safe. All of us are therefore called to do whatever we are expected to do, to ensure that our school communities and spaces do not become the new hotspots for the Covid-19 pandemic
Motshekga said they are working on schools that are not ready for re-opening, with the biggest challenge being the sanitation of premises citing the vandalism of more than 1,000 schools that happened after schools closed as another challenge.
She has warned that no school that is not compliant will be allowed to re-open but that no learner shall be left behind.