There are currently 450 special schools in South Africa that cater to learners with special needs. The department has had to stretch its resources during this time to make sure all schools have covid-19 essentials. This is the second donation the department has accepted as part of the efforts to give support to special schools.
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Minister Angie Motshekga has received a donation of covid-19 supplies on behalf of special schools. The donation was made by Santam.
“Santam has donated sanitisers and equipment that should be used when an area has been contaminated. This is very important because in the past, we have seen schools highly disrupted because they did not have their own equipment to disinfect when there is a case of COVID-19 infection."
“It will help us to manage schools. Schools are being trained to use the equipment to disinfect, so there won’t be any major disruptions,” said Motshekga.
Santam also donated pressurised sprayers, gloves, sanitisers, as well as other covid-19 essential items.
The donation follows a report released by the South African Human Rights Commission around issues of safety in special schools.
Director for Inclusive Education in the Basic Education Department, Jabulani Ngcobo said the donation was a step in the right direction.
“It is part of a broad intervention arising from the report that was released by the South African Human Rights Commission on issues of safety, particularly at hostels in special schools."
“Santam was already working in this space and we thought they could be part of the intervention to look broadly at how we could respond to safety issues,”
The initiative involves 81 schools across South Africa and it aims to not only improve the safety in specialised schools but also fight covid-19.
It costs around R10 000 to R20 000 for a school to be decontaminated. Ngcobo said the department would be able to save money, thanks to the donation from Santam.
In early August, Minister Motshekga was given 3 weeks to create new guidelines for learners living with disabilities. She was ordered to make the guidelines include learners who have intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and epilepsy.
The original guidelines were not a good guide for schools that cater to learners with special needs. Schools were not educated about the best ways to prevent the spread of covid-19, and they were not given the right resources.
They were also not given additional sanitisers, special masks (for learners with physical disabilities), or personal protective equipment for officials who would make direct contact with learners.
Motshekga was also ordered to make sure that all special schools and hostels have a backup infrastructure plan as well as health and safety measures designed specifically for learners with disabilities.Tags: department of basic educationdepartment of basic education vacanciesdepartment of basic education past exam papersdepartment of basic education contact detailsdepartment of basic education past papersdepartment of basic education websitenational department of basic educationdepartment of basic education logodepartment of basic education capsdmv basic education 2019department of basic education past exam papers grade 11schoolshomeschoolingGDE Admissionswestern cape schoolsmontessorikindergartenhigh schooleschoolschools near mevaledictorianboarding schoolsecondary schoolmontessori schoolprimary schoolprivate schools near metruancyextracurricularhigh schools near meroosevelt high schoolhillcrest high schoolonline schoolprivate schoolprimary schools near mesacred heart collegeschool of excellencenursery school