School Governing Bodies Against Delayed Reopening of High Schools

School Governing Bodies associations disagree with the plans to delay the reopening of public high schools. They would like for those high schools to open on 27 January 2021.

The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) suggested the postponement of the reopening of high schools. The NCCC would like for high school learners to return on 15 February 2021.

The NCCC decided postponement after they met with the Department of Basic Education to discuss the state of readiness for public schools in the context of the COVID-19 second wave.

Teachers and school management teams are set to be back at work on 25 January 2021. High school learners have been asked to return on 27 January 2021.

However, the NCCC believes that only primary schools and early childhood development centres (ECDs) should reopen as previously scheduled.

The command council would like for high schools to only open until mid-February.

On Wednesday night, the DBE met with the school governing body (SGB) associations and teachers unions, to campaign for support.

According to the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (Fedsas), the SGB associations disagree with the plans to delay the reopening of public high schools.

Paul Colditz, Fedsas CEO, said that there is not enough scientific evidence from experts to make an informed decision about how the COVID-19 variant impacts school children.

Fedsas strongly believes that teachers and learners would be safer in schools since they are controlled environments.

Colditz said that the DBE did not mention a possible deviation from the school calendar before last week.

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