Parents have final say in their children going to school

VAAL TRIANGLE - Even though schools will be opening for Grade 7 and 12 learners from 1 June, parents will still have the final say in whether their children go. However, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga yesterday said that parents who do not send their children to school will have to ensure they get proper homeschooling. The minister yesterday announced that National Coronavirus Command Council and Cabinet had approved the reopenings. As she had announced earlier, thedepartment would start with grades 7 and 12, and small schools. The other grades will follow in due course. A revised school calendar would be gazetted “soon”, indicating the opening and closing dates and the breaks in between. Motshekga said sanitisers, masks, water and sanitation were being delivered to all schools, which would be cleaned, “and most are being cleaned as we speak”. School sports would not be permitted since they “increase the chances of infection and undermine our efforts of containing the coronavirus”. Safety protocols would also be in place for scholar transport, including hand sanitation, social distancing and the wearing of masks.

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