Homeschooling an option for parents: Lesufi

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi wants safety measures to be put in place before schools reopen in the province. Yesterday he gave an update on the province's state of readiness. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says parents should allow their children to go to back school when they reopen next month.

However, he has made it clear that parents have other options should they choose not to.

He says the department plans to accommodate all parents, including those who want to do homeschooling.

“We really want to accommodate everyone, we don’t want to take a route that says everyone must come back.

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We are saying there are options, choose the option that will suit your child. If you need your child to be in class, these are the processes we have put in place and if you want your child to be home schooled then these are the processes that are put in place,” he said.

On Tuesday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that Grade 7 and 12 will be the first group of learners to start learning on 1 June.

Unions and some community sectors are against the reopening.

Lesufi says it is important for everyone to work together to ensure that children do not lose the academic year.

“We are very cautious and we really want all of us to walk this journey together because we have never been here before and anyone who claims to have the know-how of this process, I don’t think that person would be honest.”

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