South Africa: Motshekga Says Sorry As Provinces Continue to Prepare Schools for Reopening

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has apologised for postponing the reopening of schools at the last minute as provinces continue to implement health and safety measures.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has said the last-minute announcement that the reopening of schools was postponed on Monday was because she had to consult principals associations and other stakeholders.

"I wish to apologise wholeheartedly for the inconvenience caused," she said on Monday at the Sunrise View Secondary School in Rustenburg.

Grade 7 and 12 students were due to resume classes on Monday after staying at home for 10 weeks during the Covid-19 lockdown. They are now due to return on 8 June as schools continue to implement safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The decision to postpone the reopening was taken during a meeting on Saturday where the Department of Basic Education received reports that many schools across the country were not prepared to start classes.

They hadn't received supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) or the provision of water and sanitation facilities and staff hadn't been trained to teach a modified curriculum.

"There were schools which were very ready, there were schools that were not ready," said Motshekga.

"As a...

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