Unions welcome reopening of schools

File: The SA Human Rights Commission says pupils will now face an increased risk of child abuse and mental health breakdowns.

File: The SA Human Rights Commission says pupils will now face an increased risk of child abuse and mental health breakdowns.

Khayelihle Khumalo / eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - Various teaching unions and the schools governing body association have welcomed the reopening of schools on Monday.

It follows a meeting with Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga earlier.

READ: Schools ready to open come Monday: Angie Motshekga

The department has handed over a report showing that schools' overall readiness is at 94-percent.

“The Unions and SGB Associations heard of the progress made towards compliance. With the overall school readiness said to be 94%, the unions and SGB Associations consequently support the call to re-open schools on 08th June 2020 with the clear understanding that no school may open that is not COVID-19 compliant,” the unions said in a join-statement.

The unions have given the reopening their blessing based on the report, as well as the understanding that schools that aren't ready, will remain closed.

Grade 7 and 12 pupils are the first batch to return.

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