'The government doesn’t care about its people’: Angie Motshekga criticised for ‘back to school’ decision
Basic education minister Angie Motshekga is at the receiving end of criticism after she reiterated calls for schools to reopen full-time amid fears about the surge in Covid-19 infections.
Briefing the media at the weekend, the minister said the department was doing all it could to avoid a “academic disaster”. She said Covid-19 infections at schools must be treated on a case-by-case basis and must not be nationalised.
“While there are disruptions at our schools, we remain fairly stable. This week we reported 100 schools were disrupted. We have more than 25,500 schools in the sector, which means 25,400 schools remain stable.
“We are of the view that schools must remain open. In saying so, we are not insensitive to the concerns raised about the rising infections. The position we will be presenting to the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) is that Covid-19 cases must be handled on a case-by-case basis and in a differentiated approach,” said the minister.
Motshekga said 582,000 staff at public and private schools would be vaccinated between Wednesday and July 8. General workers in schools and employees at the department of education provincially and nationally will also receive the vaccine.
The minister said though vaccination is not mandatory, it is highly recommended.
She said the department had two months to prepare for the reopening of schools and they were at different stages of readiness to reopen.
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Here’s what the public had to say:
Teachers won't be able to go to work immediately after taken vaccine.The vaccine requires time to work in the body and everyone respond differently,some get sick, others dizziness.schools were supposed to close until vaccination process for teachers is complete #angiemotshekga— Madisha David .. #END GENDER BASED VIOLENCE #GBV (@dmadishayah) June 19, 2021
I am from hospital now after my child school friend got results that she is positive, now we waiting for my daughter she is coughing very bad, but again if she needs to isolated and I am negative and employer doesn't give me leave what m I going to do... #angiemotshekga pic.twitter.com/t9BOOSdlPg— daddy R (@rabu2p) June 19, 2021