Back to school | Distancing proposal 'a massive challenge'

Teacher unions want to meet with the Basic Education Department after it proposed reducing social distancing in classrooms to half a metre. Khayelihle Khumalo reports. Courtesy #DStv403

BLOEMFONTEIN - Pupils are back at school and the issue of capacity and social distancing has surfaced again.

Many are questioning the Basic Education Department’s plans for schools to observe COVID-19 protocols.

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The department wants to reduce the distance between children to 0.5m in classrooms to accommodate more pupils.

Meanwhile, unions are concerned over the department's plan.

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Five teacher unions released a collective statement, saying they have not been consulted about the decision.

Pupils from Grade R to Grade 7 returned to school on Monday.

* eNCA's Khayelihle Khumalo reports.

Unions are concerned over the basic education department's plan to reduce social distancing in schools. The department is planning to reduce the distance between children to 0.5 meters in classes, to accommodate more pupils. eNCA's Khayelihle Khumalo is following this story. Courtesy #DStv403


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