Safety of teachers, pupils paramount in all decisions taken says Motshega

Johannesburg – Basic Education Minister Angie Motshega has reassured South Africans that the safety of teachers, pupils, and employees in the sector was paramount in all decisions taken.

On Monday, the minister held a series of meetings with officials in the sector to asses a recovery plan ahead of the reopening of schools.

Many school management teams were expected back at work on Monday, but it appears most provinces are not yet fully prepared.

The minister has assured the nation that no schooling will start unless measures to ensure teachers and pupils are safe are implemented in learning institutions across the country.

She also met with MECs, teacher unions, and school governing bodies to asses the state of readiness.

The minister is expected to brief the national coronavirus command council on Tuesday, said Elijah Mhlanga spokesperson of the Department of Basic Education.

“The minister will go to the command council to present the report and she will then go to Cabinet where also the plans will be discussed,” said Mhlanga.

The department is set to brief Parliament on Wednesday before Motshega briefs the nation on Thursday on final preparations for the reopening of schools.

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