Uncertainty of when schools will reopen

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa will enter a nationwide lockdown for 21 days.
The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) said it had engaged with the National Department of Basic Education on the lockdown’s effect on the public schooling system.
Head of Department for the WCED, Brian Schreuder, said currently, the date for the reopening of schools is uncertain.
‘’Millions of learners across the country will be on lockdown and we need every parent to do their bit to ensure that our learners remain focused and stimulated. I am aware of the many holiday programmes or learning opportunities communicated to parents by teachers from various schools. This is greatly appreciated.’’
‘’I encourage parents to continue to pay school fees, as many teachers employed by of our governing bodies rely on the payment of these fees for their salaries. We are aware that many families will suffer income losses during this period and remind them that there is an option to apply for fee exemption when schools return. This is important to do, as it will enable schools to apply for fee compensation.’’
Schreuder says the WCED has arranged security at 450 schools across the province. Schools were asked to ensure that alarm systems and other essential security features were tested before schools closed last week.
He asked that communities remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour in and around oschools to the police as soon as possible.

Done By: Mitchum George


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