Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will no longer address the media regarding school reopening on Sunday night as planned. The media conference has just been postponed and is expected to take place at about 11am on Monday.
It was earlier reported education unions and governing body organizations hope that Motshekga will announce the reopening of schools.
This is after five education unions and three governing body organizations agreed during a meeting with the minister on Saturday evening – schools are not ready to open.
A total of eight education unions and organizations representing school governing bodies met earlier this week and unanimously concluded that schools are not ready to reopen amid the Covid 19 pandemic.
“The minister must withdraw her announcement in this regard and postpone any further announcement to allow the system to prepare for a general reopening. If not, we’re going to have a head-on reopening, ”the organizations said in a statement.
The statement was signed by Sadou, Naptosa, Natu, the PEU, SAOU, Fedsas, NASGB and GBF.
Grade 7 and Grade 12 pupils nationwide are expected to be back on the school desks on Monday. However, the Northern Cape has already indicated that learners in this province will only register a week later.