Dept Prepares School Learners For Return To Daily Attendance

The Western Cape Department of Education is now preparing primary school learners for the upcoming return of full-time daily attendance on the 26th of July. This return will also mark the beginning of the third term of the 2021 school year.

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The Western Cape Department of Education is preparing it's primary schools for the upcoming return to full capacity.

This follows a recent statement in which Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that primary school learners across the country will return to a third term of full-time daily attendance. This directive also applies to learners with special needs.

Western Cape MEC of Education, Debbie Schäfer says that, they are expecting some difficulties, particularly in schools that are located struggling communities.

The intention is try and make whatever plan possible to get them back to school and we will assist wherever it is necessary, but we want school look at whatever possible measure to see what they can ensure that they do come back.

On the condition that Covid-19 restrictions are adhered to by the schools, teaching will be allowed to take place outside the classroom in schools that are found to be over-crowded. Another alternative is that these schools may have to make use of community halls among other venues.

Speaking to eNCA, representative of the Federation of Governing Boadies of SA Schools, Paul Colditz went on to point out that the responsibility to provide support for the schools still rest on the government.

"I think both national and provincial departments of education can do more to show they care about the people who are working with children and also the children and their parents," he said.

It's never too late to say we care about the wellbeing of our people.

In addition to this, the South African Democratic Teacher's Union (SADTU) has also agreed that there is a lack of socio-psycho support for teacher and personal protective equipment (PPE) in some schools. SADTU is set conduct a survey to determine readiness of its members in school's so that it raise any concerns with the department in the following weeks.

In an interview with eNCA, a primary school teacher has also stated that schools are not yet ready to resume.

She said, "We were just told that the third wave is South Africa, so now how can we go back to classed at full capacity? cause certain schools, lots of schools in fact, are overcrowded, so our lives are at stake."

 

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