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Video: Motshekga finds herself in a Catch-22 Covid-19 problem

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The minister is stuck between a rock and a hard place, emphasising the need to complete the school year but under severe pressure from various groups to reverse the decision to resume classes.


07 Jul 2020
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Video: Motshekga finds herself in a Catch-22 Covid-19 problem

Eleven-year-old Grade 6 pupil Kayla Maseti and fellow schoolmates sit in specially demarcated spaces on the school's field to allow for social distancing during break at Edenglen Primary School in Edenglen, 6 July 2020. Picture: Neil McCartney (This picture is for illustration).

While conceding that the stayaway from school by pupils has contributed to the loss of a school year, activist groups #SaveOurChildren and Parents Against The Opening Of Schools are piling on the pressure for pupils to stay at home. “We are already in a crisis, having lost the school year – not of our fault, but because of Covid-19,” said Vanessa le Roux, spokesperson for the Parents Against The Opening Of Schools. “We can’t have a position where we risk our lives, those of our teachers and children, for the school year to be saved. “Daily, we have overcrowded classes...

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