Motshekga also 'anxious' about her grandchildren returning to school

A second group of pupils are returning to school today. Grades 6, 11 and some Grade Rs go back to class after almost 4 months at home. The Basic Education Department says less than 4 percent of schools were temporarily closed due to COVID-19. eNCA speaks to Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says she too is 'anxious' about her grandchildren going back to school.

Grade 6, 11 and some grade R pupils are returning to class on Monday.  

"I feel quite anxious, one of my grandchildren is in a boarding school but I have to accept that he has to go to school. I have lots of families and lots of grandchildren and some had already gone last week," she said.

READ: Parents who want to homeschool asked to apply online

Motshekga also urged parents who want to home school their children to apply through their provincial education department.

"We understand that it is an emotionally taxing period, it is very stressful and parents are anxious about their children but if you do indeed feel anxious there is no pressure to send your child to school.

"There are opportunities, which most parents have been using, to home educate their children."

Parents can apply for permission to homeschool their children on the department's website.


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