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Motshekga fails and pupils pay the price

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Can a department which repeatedly fails to deliver miraculously ensure that every state school has sufficient personal protective equipment within a week? Unlikely.


03 Jun 2020
PREMIUM!
Motshekga fails and pupils pay the price

Deep cleaning of classrooms at Bedfordview Primary School in Bedfordview, 26 May 2020 ahead of pupils returning to school after lockdown measures were introduced to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The red crosses on each desk is to stop anyone sitting too close to other pupils. Picture: Neil McCartney

Lockdown communication reached a low point on Sunday evening when Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s much-postponed televised briefing was called off at the last minute. Remember, the back to school dates were published in a typically byzantine Government Gazette on 29 May. So, the legal position was that Grades 7 and 12 should return on 1 June. Yet Sunday headlines raised doubts about when schools would reopen. Never mind, we thought, the minister will clear this up. She didn’t. Instead of another rambling speech, there was a low-fanfare media release announcing that no grades would be returning on Monday. This...

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