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Motshekga, Education Minister, Finally Addresses Media Today, Tuesday

Against the backdrop of the fact that matric students have returned back to the classroom yesterday, the Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, addresses the newsmen in the early hours of today, Tuesday, during her visitation to Letlhabile, North West. She assured the newsmen that academic activities are going smoothly and all the basic safety protocols are being adhered to. 

There is a need for the Minister to ensure proper and closer monitoring of the academic activities with a view to protecting the lives of the teachers and students. Given the fact that many public schools are yet to be equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment (PPEs), there is a need for her to intensify efforts in this regard. Although she maintained that she was not aware that there are any public schools that are yet to reopen, there is a compelling need to thoroughly investigate the matter in order to address the missing gaps.

Speaking on the possible disruption of the academic curriculum that has been projected to be covered in 2020, she maintained that there is no doubt that school academic works will be compromised as a result of the disruption of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic. As a matter of fact, it was gathered that only 70% of the curriculum will be covered this year and that may be possibly disastrous for academic activities. This is pathetic.

It sends a tacit message that more independent study needs to be embarked upon by the students so as to match up with the global irreducible standards. Although many parents have been enclosed with skepticism and doubt over the safety of their children, hence the main reason why some of them refused to allow their matric children to resume.

In light of the above, Motshekga maintains that no students hindered from coming to schools by their parents will be punished because of the prevailing circumstance. Nevertheless, she captured such a scenario as disastrous, stressing that such action will spell doom on the quality of education that will be dispensed to the students. It is instructive to note that some schools have also recorded new cases of coronavirus as a result of the reopening of schools for Matric pupils.

There is a school in the Kempdorr city in the Northern Cape where students have refused to resume as a result of the fact that two cases of coronavirus were recorded. No doubt, there is a compelling need for the authorities to double its efforts in order to address the menace head-on. It should be noted that the South African Democratic Teacher Union (SADTU) recently taunted President Cyril Ramaphosa over the partial closure of schools. This has prompted many people to conclude that the authorities have done nothing in ensuring safety at schools.

More than any other time, Motshekga needs to double her efforts in ensuring that the basic education goes on in a smooth, safe, effective, and efficient manner. She should empower her team to visit every school across the country so that they would be able to ascertain the safety and security of the academic. This is very instructive. 

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