DBE adamant that it would be ready for pupils to return to school on 1 June
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Tuesday announced that the phased reopening of schools on 1 June has been approved by the National Command Council (NCC) and Cabinet.
Grade 7s and 12s will be the first group to return to school while other grades would follow in due course.
She said teachers were expected to be back at school on 25 May.
In a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus South African schools have been closed for more than two months as the country was under lockdown.
Africa Melane on 702Breakfast speaks to National Professional Teacher's Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) president Basil Manuel and Basic Education director-general Mathanzima Mweli to weigh in on the reopening of schools.
We hope for our teachers to return to school on 25 May and we also hope for many other things as the are certain undertakings where certain deliveries would happen. When we did our survey yesterday and the day before, the picture wasn't looking so bright but we take what the minister is saying and that deliveries are going to happen.Basil Manuel, President - Naptosa
The statistics that Naptosa has gathered show a very big gap between what the minister was saying and what its members on the ground are saying, he says.
Naptosa accepts that schooling must start at some stage, however not at all cost. We want to see PPEs and all the other measures that we have asked for about the safety and health of our teachers is going to be there.Basil Manuel, President - Naptosa
Unions want the returning to schools to be seamless but it wont be seamless if decisions to return are based on information that is not 100% correct, Manuel adds.
Mweli says the department is delivering consignments based on school's interval of reporting.
The first interval of reporting was for school principals and school management teams, the second interval is for teachers and the last one is for pupils.Mathanzima Mweli, director-general - Basic Education
So schools will say they have not received all the PPEs if they have only received PPEs for principals and not for the teachers, Mweli says.
He admits that there has being miscommunication and delivery schedules to schools needed to be sent.
If we deliver everything to schools just at once, there is a risk that those things would be vandalised. You have seen how over 1,000 schools have been vandalised. And things delivered could be stolen we deliver all of them at the same time.Mathanzima Mweli, director-general - Basic Education
He says the department has a plan and it is pursuing its plan to reopen schools.
From where we are sitting provinces are at different levels of readiness but we are happy with the progress that has been made so far.Mathanzima Mweli, director-general - Basic Education
Listen below to the full conversation:
There were 15,028 new tests conducted and 22 new coronavirus-related deaths. New infections were 1.268.Read More
Your financial future – even if you have to start over – could be brighter than it would’ve been without the pandemic.Read More
The rand was just recently trading at a six-month high. Arabile Gumede interviews Bianca Botes (Peregrine Treasury Solutions).Read More
Bruce Whitfield interviews tourism consultant Gillian Saunders, a previous advisor to former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom.Read More
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Duma Gqubule, founder at the Centre for Economic Development and Transformation.Read More
The number of national recoveries so far is 573,003, which translates to a recovery rate of 88.9%. Gauteng has 189,208 recoveries.Read More
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Roy Douglas, CEO at ADvTECH.Read More
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Anthony Leeming, CEO at Sun International Group.Read More
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Mike Ratcliffe, Chairman of Visit Stellenbosch.Read More
"The state is on a new trajectory – it’s vital the ANC follows suit," says political analyst JP Landman.Read More