Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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4 minute read
28 Apr 2020
5:00 am

Is time running out for schools to save the year?

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Education activists are worried that time is running out for schools to reopen, and an expert says the inequality in schools means thousands of children will return to the classroom with a distinct disadvantage.


With only 171 of the up to 202 days of the school year left, the race to save the class of 2020 at South Africa’s schools is on, experts have warned. Government is faced with the mammoth task of ensuring primary and high schools are prepared to play catch-up on the lost month of school. On Monday morning, Education Minister Angie Motshegka postponed a much-anticipated briefing on the reopening of schools to later this week. Anticipating this announcement, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) called for strict safety measures to be put in place before pupils returned to school....