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ANC Women's League Speaks Out Against Motshekga

The ANC Women's League has released a statement in response to the Education Department's decision to send more learners to school. 

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The Women's League has spoken out against the Education Department's decision to reopen schools. It wants the government to put the safety of learners before the academic year. 

"We cannot turn a blind eye to the number of infections and deaths in our country. We are all aware of the infrastructure challenges in many schools across the country and conditions in such schools have been hazardous and posing health risks to learners long before Corona emerged in our country."

The League is concerned about the livelihood of poor learners who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

"As a country we cannot gamble with the lives of children, more especially the poor learners who are subjected to study in potentially unhygienic conditions."

"Even schools which may be ready to receive learners can not guarantee total safety as some learners, staff and educators in poor schools commute in public transport. More so for grade R learners who will most probably not understand social distancing and may even exchange masks."

Although the reopening of schools has allowed for school nutrition programmes to continue, the ANCWL feels this is at a cost. 

"What purpose would it serve to feed children only to pose a risk on their lives? Even schools which may be ready to receive learners can not guarantee total safety as some learners, staff and educators in poor schools commute in public transport".

The League is urging with the minister to consult with more people and rethink the decision to reopen schools to more grades. 

"Though infections may be fewer in schools at this stage, any life is precious and must be preserved. Life first and school later!"

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