The Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga yesterday addressed the media with the opening up of schools and changes being made to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the briefing, the Minister announced that children in Grade 7 and 12 will resume schooling on the 1st of June, however, it’s not compulsory (based on homeschooling initiative).
With parents anxious sending their child back to school the minister had announced that children can be homeschooled. If parents are willing to teach their children from home, the government will support that.
You will be required to contact the school and provide reasonable information that the child’s education will continue to progress while being at home.
Every child is important
The Minister relayed their slogan ‘No child should be left behind’ and later discussed how issues can arise when all children must be dependent on one child.
Motshekga explained that it’s not fair for all the children to suffer and change their way of life for one child.
“We will have to deal with children with underlining health conditions, case by case.” says Motshekga
In an example, the Minister explained that one child with asthma cannot determine the future of all the children.
“Those who don’t have asthma cannot be held back by the child who has asthma. What we have to do is deal with problems with every child case by case, bearing in mind that every child is important.”
“If you still feel anxious about sending your child to school, it’s understandable. However, that cannot determine the future of every child.