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EFF slams the reopening of schools plan as reckless and homicidal

The Economic Freedom Fighters have issued a media statement in reaction to the department of Basic Education's proposal to reopen school. The red berets describe the move as reckless and homicidial.

The department has presented the phased school reopening plan to cabinet and parliament portfolio committee on education. The plan is for schools to reopen from 4 May. Exit grades, seven and 12 will be the first to return to class followed by the Grade six's and eleven's and so on. The Grade R's, one's and two's will be last to return to school early July.

The EFF says the government has ignored the advice of an epidemiological and infectious disease specialist Dr Salim Abdool Karim to extend the lockdown should there be an increase in infections by end of April. "The advice of this medical expert is being undermined in the interests of profit and senseless calls for an easing of the lockdown", the statement read.

They also say that since most industries have been opened, exposure to the virus has widened. Workers, who have families, are at risk of contracting the virus and go back home infecting their children who will pass it on other pupils at schools.

Most schools in country do not have proper infrastructure that would be conducive for hygienic and safety measures required for COVID-19. In addition, 40 schools have been burnt down and vandalized since the beginning of lockdown.

"The EFF calls for sanity to prevail and the decision for schools to be reopened and risk the lives of children to be reconsidered "



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