Motshekga apologises for postponing schools' readiness briefing

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will brief the media to provide an update on the readiness for the reopening of schools.

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga apologised for the delay of a media briefing communicating the department's decision on the reopening of schools.

Motshekga said she was in consultation with stakeholders over the weekend.

The minister said schools did not reopen on Monday following these consultations.

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Motshekga said gaps between the poorly scheduled roll-out of support staff and PPE -- compounded with logistical issues that were expected to be fulfilled by principals -- led to an uneven state of readiness for reopening.

"One thing that we had not thought out properly, we had a schedule on the arrival of teachers and didn't make a schedule on the arrival of other support staff.

"And you would have expected, principals themselves running schools would have closed the gap," the minister said while describing the different levels of response found at different locations.

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The decision to postpone the reopening of schools is based on three reports presented at the weekend.

Motshekga said provinces would now be "putting the shoulder to the wheel" to ensure all compliance issues are resolved before the new reopening date of 8 June.

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