More than 100 KZN schools, not opening come Monday
At least 104 schools in KwaZulu-Natal will take a delayed approach to reopening as they are not yet ready. This was revealed by KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala who, together with education MEC Kwazi Mshengu, addressed the media in Durban on Sunday. Basic education minister Angie Motshekga said on Sunday that schools would reopen on Monday, as almost of them were ready.
“We can now say with confidence that about 95% of our schools have been ably provided with the Covid-19 related imperatives,” said Motshekga.
She added that the education sector would “strive to deal with the remaining 5% to ensure that the unfettered rights to health, safety and basic education for all South African children are protected”.“The golden rule is [that] there will be no school that will resume, if not ready to do so,” she said.
Motshekga said that learners from the “not-so-ready schools” would be accommodated for so that “no child is left behind”. This included the possibility of moving them to neighbouring schools which met the health, safety and social distancing measurements and requirements.
She added that help had been sought from, among others, the South African National Defence, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and the and Mvula Trust to deal with challenges of water and sanitation in schools. The transport department was also involved regarding scholar transport to ensure that health and safety requirements are met.
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