‘Don’t take your children to school’ is what the Economic Freedom Fighter’s leader, Malema, is saying to the public.
Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga recently revealed that many schools are not ready to be reopened, forcing them to delay the return of Grade 7 and Grade 12’s.
The readiness of schools is questionable at this stage of the lockdown with many provinces working at full speed to ensure safety is carried out as children return to school, however, that is not the case throughout South Africa.
Many provinces have reported that their schools are not ready to open, education unions are also airing their voices in regards to the readiness of schools.
Members of the EFF recently visited schools that are located in the township areas and saw no improvements or desks being prepared for social distancing, some of the toilet facilities at the school were not fully operational either.
The EFF has mentioned in a video briefing discussing the lack of toilet facilities at school and regulations in place [that will be effective].
“We all know there are no toilets in public schools, particularly of black African people. Even the buildings you see and refer them as toilets, those toilets are not functioning”
Malema said with confidence that you could choose a random school right now and inspect the toilets and there will either be no toilets or not functioning.
During the media briefing, the usage of masks was mentioned, Malema has spoken out to say that even members of their party struggle to wear a mask so how can we rely on children to keep them on their face.
It was also mentioned that the children at school will be separated, however, when the teacher is not there [traveling to school] they will mingle together which counteracts the purpose of social distancing at school.
Malema says that the people that push these regulations have not visited a school to have a better understanding of how children work, he later says that children have already infected each other before the school day has started.
“They meet in a congested taxi, a congested taxi before they have even arrived at school, after infecting each other they are told to separate”