Primary Schools Not Equipped For 100% Attendance


As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, the 100% attendance at primary schools may have to be delayed. Many schools have stated that they are not well equipped to allow the full-time return of students.


In May, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that primary schools would return to 100% attendance on 26 July however, many schools in the Western Cape have stated that they are not well equipped to do so.

As the country is in the midst of the third wave of COVID-19 cases and under Lockdown Level 4, the Basic Education Department announced that they might need to reconsider the directive.

For many schools in the Western Cape, this decision is a relief especially for those that are battling with poor infrastructure during the winter season.

Levana Primary School in Lavender Hill feels that it would be impossible for them to ensure the required social distancing of students in classrooms or on the playground.

Shamiega Charity, the Principal at Levana Primary School, stated that they will not be able to guarantee successful compliance with COVID-19 regulations.

Dr G.J. Joubert Primary School announced that they are not able to maintain social distancing between learners as the school is already overpopulated by 700 pupils.

Sharon Lategan, from Dr G.J. Joubert Primary School, stated that they do not have the money to build additional classrooms to accommodate the return of all learners.

The Western Cape Education Department announced that only 224 out of 1 450 schools in the province are able to accommodate the 100% attendance of learners. 

Unfortunately, the department will not be able to assist schools in need with additional mobile classrooms.

Many believe that the only option, for now, would be to allow primary schools to stick to the current rotational schedule.

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