Can we save the 2020 academic year? Minister Angie Motshekga believes we can
Law-enforcement officials were in place to enforce the lockdown restrictions at the stroke of midnight on Thursday.
In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 South Africans are going through a 21-day lockdown.
The country's infection rate has reached 1,326, while the virus had claimed three lives so far.
With the exception of those working in essential services or people needing to purchase emergency suppliers, no one is allowed to be on the streets throughout these 21 days.
Eusebius McKaiser chats to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, who assured South Africans on Saturday at an inter-ministerial briefing on the coronavirus pandemic that the 2020 academic year will not go down the drain.
After we were instructed to close schools before the end of term, we convened an emergency meeting to look at what the short-term implications are. We anticipated that if the virus continues to escalate the way it was and we are unable to open, what would we do.Angie Motshekga, Minister - Basic Education
A plan dealing with school closures was put in place. However, the lockdown affected those plans, she says.
If indeed the lockdown is lifted on 16 April, the first priority would be for Grade 12 pupils, so that we avoid a wasted academic year. Negotiate with our parents and partners so that we don't have the June holidays and maybe write exams later. We must write this year. We are fortunate that we have these breaks that can make up for the time lost.Angie Motshekga, Minister - Basic Education
Listen below to the full conversation on whether the academic year can be saved despite COVID-19:
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