Two Steps Forward, Three Backwards

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POLOKWANE: "As you might be aware, a phased-in school opening is going to take place from 1 June. The first group is obviously Grade 7 and 12 learners.

Two Steps Forward, Three Backwards

Details of school readiness will be announced going forward by the MEC responsible for education, " said Premier of Limpopo Stanley Mathabatha.

The provincial government held its first virtual conference since the outbreak of coronavirus. The education sector might be in a downfall as pundits aren't sure whether learners should return to learning or not.

Mathabatha once said that the province won't be ready by the time frame set by the Basic Education Department for commencing learning activities. But he later changed his mind.

"The truth is, we are doing everything possible to make sure our children are safe and secure," he added.

Mathabatha is concerned about the skyrocketing of cases of the virus in Sekhukhune and they have sent a high-level medical team including the Cuban cadres to monitor the area closely.

Although the province is a water-scarce area, the government is advising residents to use water sparingly.

"We still urge our people to take all precautions against COVID-19. Scientists have already warned us that the months of August to November may be the most difficult ones in Africa and in particular South Africa. That's why we are pleading with all that when the government gives us rules and regulations lets adhere to them. " he said.

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) Limpopo issued a statement saying the reopening of schools in the province is not satisfactory.

"We wish to state that we have had two meetings with the department wherein departmental officials under the tutelage of the Acting Head of the Department took us through their plans for the re-opening of schools" the statement read.

"Much of what was outlined was still work in progress and to the extent possible. We made our inputs which necessitated a tinkering with some of the proposals like recalling SMTS on the 11th May 2020 and educators on the 18th May 2020 as previously planned.

"Educators must not report to schools as directed by the department pending the provisions of all necessities. However, principals of schools must remain on standby to collect all available provisions and to ensure that systems are put in place. Also that principals of schools and educators must not be used as scanners as some circuit managers are currently giving such instructions." Stated.