WILL LEARNERS FOLLOW COVID-19 REGULATIONS IN SCHOOLS, “PARENTS ARE ON FIRE”
DBE: ONE DAY AGO, BASIC EDUCATION MINISTER ANNOUNCED THE NEW DATES FOR SCHOOLS REOPENING WHICH ARE TO OFFICIALLY COMMENCE ON 1 JUNE 2020.
Angie Motshekga gave the country an assurance that their children would be well taken care off in schools where extra measures to assist will be provided as required. For teachers and learners who feels like they are not ready or unstable psychologically, Social Development members would be present to assist with counselling sessions for their preparedness. Teaching during the covid-19 is difficult, therefore our great teachers need our support.
However, a guarantee based on mortality wasn’t assured. Whereby minister could not guarantee safety of learners lives, should a learner or teacher dies during the course what would happen?
Furthermore, there are still places or provinces such as; some places in Limpopo, Eastern Cape, KZN etc. which are running low on provision of good water and sanitation as a basic need, how will schools operates within those areas during the Covid-19 era where learners and teachers have to practice hygiene at all times? Already Limpopo is the province which came forward about the issue of water and sanitation being a problem.
Where some villages are running low on water and it has been a long period without water, government on provincial level failed to supply them with water. Since, learners are expected to go back to school this would affect them. Therefore, parents are furious about the decision made by the Department of basic education. Because parents have best interest of their children at hearts. So far, there are endless debates on the matter of allowing children back to school. Parents fear for the lives being at stake. Read more about Whatsupuniversity.com
Some raised comments on learners’ behavior in schools especially as they are going to meet again after such a long period.
There will be cases were learners will have to discuss some educational staff or trying to catch up lost times during their own time, parents are afraid that learners might be carelessly not following the regulations of social distancing or keeping themselves clean at all times. Because learners are learners especially the Grade 7’s in primary. Teachers themselves this won’t be easier for them as to teach learners in class without moving closer to them to ensure if they are following would be tough. How will learners going to consult to teachers if not understood in class during spare time? For successful teaching to take place learners and teachers need to engage. Schools would turn into ghost area. How about matric pass rate, would they be consistent and maintain above 70% pass rate as previously? This might turn into a dream. Damage has been done. South Africa failed to prepare prior while the situation was still bearable.
A decision has made, as a nation we need to take extra careful measures to support our teachers and learners in this times of need. The situation is beyond our control and no one is responsible for the current crisis. Our learners need a united nation to cope in this stage. When we unite we won’t be easily broken but standing alone can be easily to break down.
#UnityForAll #OneNation and #OneLove
Author: Thete Igneciah. P