Politicians oppose proposed plan to reopen schools
Politicians have opposed the plan to reopen schools in SA, saying it is a rushed decision.
On Wednesday, the department of basic education announced that grade 7 and 12 pupils may be going back to school on May 18.
The decision was met with outrage as many politicians weighed in with their objections.
Despite plans to implement “non-negotiable” health and safety procedures, political parties including the EFF were not convinced that the safety of students could be guaranteed.
In a statement, the party said the rushed plan to reopen schools was “reckless and homicidal”.
“It is a plan that will send school children, teachers, and workers to early graves and compromise the future of this country indefinitely,” the EFF said.
“South Africa is yet to reach its peak of infections and deaths, but the move to open schools that [is] directly linked to the move to open the economy will lead to a state engineered massacre. None of the decisions are based on science or the appreciation of human life.”
The Western Cape education minister Debbie Schafer said no school in the province would be opening on May 6.
“In a presentation to national parliament today, the department of basic education made a presentation with tentative dates for the reopening of schools across the country. These dates were not definite and do not constitute an official announcement,” said Schafer.
“This has caused an understandable level of confusion and anxiety for schools, teachers and parents. We will not be in a position to receive learners next week.”
On social media politicians, including Mmusi Maimane and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, also expressed their views.
We have also seen so many reports of school vandalism during the lockdown period.— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) April 29, 2020
What will be done for those schools. In addition to dealing with this crisis, those teachers and learners are now on a back foot from the damage caused.
Are we not rushing this ?
There was a time when people were in denial about HIV/AIDS. They did not heed to the message of prevention till those close to them started dying. It is the same denialism with Covid-19. They think it’s far away, so they dont want lockdown: sadly government is aiding this denial!— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) April 29, 2020
We were under a month long lockdown & cases of Covid-19 DID NOT DECREASE. They INCREASED to 5000. The CURVE DID NOT FLATTEN AT ALL— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) April 29, 2020
If the curve was rising during lockdown, what will happen when lockdown is relaxed?
FACT: Ramaphosa is unleashing the mass murder of our people!