FS Education to gives details of phased reopening 

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The Free State Department of Education will take a phased approach to the reopening of schools. This comes after the reopening of schools across the country was postponed on Sunday.

According to Free State Education spokesperson Howard Ndaba, both Premier Sisi Ntombela and MEC of Eduction, Tate Makgoe, will give a details on the resumption of schooling in a briefing on Thursday.

“Essentially, the briefing will focus on the nine critical areas of education that were considered before the resumption of face-to-face learning and teaching,” he said.

Ndaba explained that the areas of concern include staffing and curriculum, basic sanitising and hygiene and scholar transport, among others.

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motsekga, explained during a briefing yesterday morning that Grade 7 and 12 learners will only return to school next week Monday.

This comes after Motsekga announced on Sunday that the resumption of learning for these critical grades would be postponed following pressure from various school governing bodies and teachers’ unions.

These organisations, which include the National School Governing Body Association and several education trade unions, stated that most schools were not ready for an influx of learners and teachers during a life threatening pandemic.

Their concerns include the lack of PPE such as masks for staff and learners, facilities yet to be disinfected as well as a lag in providing the new curriculum content.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele

nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za