Back to school anxiety

Schools are set to open for Grades 12 and 7 on Monday but already, in the Western Cape, 32 schools and 37 teachers have been affected by COVID-19. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - Schools are set to open for Grades 12 and 7 on Monday.

But already, in the Western Cape, 32 schools and 37 teachers have been affected by COVID-19.

Teacher unions, parents, and even the SA Human Rights Commission want the reopening to be delayed saying a lot still needs to be done to get schools ready.

Teacher and parent Ayesha Phillips says she is extremely anxious. 

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“We are heading into unknown territory, we cannot anticipate what is going to happen. We can have plans in place but it takes one infected child to throw those plans out.”

Philipps says her concern is mostly for children and teachers at poorer schools.

At West End Primary School in Mitchells Plain, a no paying fee school, teachers gather to make sure everything will be ready for Monday morning.

READ: Calls to delay school's reopening

Principal Clive Arries says they have done whatever they could to prepare parents, teachers, and pupils for the reopening. 

He says while there are legitimate concerns and anxiety, he believes there are more advantages to children being at school citing the increase in the number of reported child neglect and child abuse cases.

But he concedes maybe schools should have been given more time to prepare.

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