The phased-in re-opening of schools in Limpopo on 1 June is at this point regarded as a possibility, as among others, the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) remains challenging, reports Review Online.
On Thursday, Limpopo Premier Chupu Mathabatha said the province had concluded that a phased-in return to school programme of Grade 7 and 12 learners would not materialise on 4 May (the earlier expected date of reopening).
On Friday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that schools would re-open for teachers on 18 May, and on 1 June for Gr 7 and 12 learners.
Last week, the premier spoke during a Coronavirus Awareness and Compliance Campaign held in Malamulele, where the Provincial Command Council meeting was also held in the Collins Chabane Municipality. Given the large volumes of PPE that might not readily be available, the province may not be ready to reopen schools, the premier said.
“There are currently around 83,000 Grade 12’s, around 131,000 Grade 7 learners in the province. All these, including the 13,000 Grade 12 teachers and 19,000 Grade 7 teachers, may not be adequately protected against contracting the virus, and therefore might open the province to a disaster.”