There should be transparency about the level of readiness of each school before it reopens, says Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa in his latest newsletter published Monday.
He says the government agrees with parents, teachers and school governing bodies that no school should reopen until all possible precautions are ready.
Everyone should have the right information about a particular school’s level of readiness because it is “our collective responsibility for the learning environment to be safe,” writes Ramaphosa.
Gr. 12 and 7 pupils would have returned to school on Monday, but on Sunday evening it was announced that it was postponed until next Monday because many schools are not ready.
Schools in the Western Cape have reopened.
Monday was also the international day for the protection of children.
Ramaphosa says in the last few days many role players, including teachers and parents, have expressed concern about school readiness.
“We heard them and welcomed their contributions. We are now taking steps to address their concerns. We make sure all possible protective equipment is ready, ”he says.
He said parents rightly want to know that it is safe for their children to return to school.
“In the last few weeks, as we prepared to reopen the schools, we had extensive and detailed discussions with all role players in the education sector. They have guided us in this complex and challenging task. “
Ramaphosa paid tribute to parents, grandparents – and especially carers – who have been looking after the children for the past two months while the schools were closed due to the Covid-19 academy.
Many of them had to help their children with their schoolwork during that time, and he believes they are now looking at the important work teachers do every day, the president writes.
He asked parents to get more involved and even offer to help schools clean up, set up vegetable gardens or get involved with school safety committees.