VAAL TRIANGLE - Gauteng’s Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, says his department has a myriad of measures to ensure that schools are ready to reopen come June. Speaking during the provincial government’s Covid-19 update, he said this includes deep cleaning processes at various schools in the province along with ensuring that schools have enough personal protective equipment for both learners and educators. He says no more than 20 learners will be allowed in a classroom or to enter the school gates without wearing a mask, and no visitors will be allowed.
Lesufi said each school in the province would receive about R15,000 to ensure classrooms and school premises were disinfected before they reopened. He said the department was putting safety first for pupils and teachers and each school would be linked to a local clinic. The MEC said pupils would also receive a learner package that included cloths, cotton masks and sanitisers. Lesufi said the first day of school would be used as an orientation day where pupils would be taught about COVID-19 and how to prevent its spread.
He also said parents will also be given an opportunity to assess schools themselves in order to determine if they want to send learners back to school.