The minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has always baffle people with her decisions. Last year she pushed through with the reopening of schools during winter when infections were still high and the country just went with it.
COSAS tried to intervene but were threatened with law enforcement especially during the pandemic. Schools closed abruptly last year when cases started to get worse.
This year while the Delta variant is wreaking havoc in the country and across the world, the minister of education has allowed the full return of all primary school pupils. In the gazette dated 1st August 2021, the social distancing has been reduced down to 1 metre.
The World Health Organisation recommends a social distancing of at least 1,5 metres. With 1,5 metres schools will not have enough accommodation for all learners hence the reduction to just one metre.
With cases still high and many people not vaccinated the country is taking a huge risk by allowing the full return of all primary schools. Although grannies and granddads have vaccinated there is still a high risk to those living with comorbidities in the children's homes.
The minister did however emphasis that she has been consulting expensively with the NCCC and scientists about the full return of primary schools to full time attendance. The move has been endorsed by the National Coronavirus Command Council.
We will wait to see if the decision by the minister was right with this highly risky move. We all cannot deny that the learning losses will probably need be recovered and learners might continue to other grade without the proper knowledge.
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