Some schools have been battling to fill classroom seats, as learners have not been returning to class. Earlier this year, the department said parents could choose to not send their children to school. However, the reality is many learners have missed out on teaching time.
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Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Dr Reginah Mhaule has encouraged parents to send their children to school and to report them if they have underlying illnesses.
“We appreciate the support we get from some parents and going forward, we would like to plead with everyone to allow the kids to come back to catch up on lost time."
“I want to encourage parents to report children with underlying illnesses so they can be helped accordingly. Government has spent and invested so much in the safety of everyone in schools and will never willingly expose our children to danger. Remember, these are our children as well."
She said this while welcoming Santam's donation of covid-19 essentials to special schools. The donation will help 6000 learners and 318 teachers at special schools across the country.
Kwa-Zulu Natal MEC for Education, Bonakele Majuba was grateful for the donation and the many learners it would help.
“We welcome such acts of kindness, more especially during this difficult period. While we wish to salvage the academic year, the safety of our learners, educators and non-teaching staff remains our priority,” said Majuba.
There are 140 schools for learners with special needs in KwaZulu Natal alone. Majuba and Mhaule said the government would make these schools a priority.
This donation to special needs schools is much needed, as some schools in KwaZulu Natal have been facing shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and teachers.
KwaZulu Natal Education MEC, Kwazi Mshengu explained how the department was coping with this shortage of teachers.
“The situation is currently under control. Teachers with the requisite qualifications and competency are taking on the teaching loads of those who are at home. In instances where this is not possible, the school may request the appointment of a substitute teacher,” he said
Provincial Education spokesperson Kwazi Mthethwa also said the department was coping, despite losing some teachers.
“We have released a circular that explains the process to get teachers to assist where there are comorbidities. We can’t go against the advice of medical practitioners when people present symptoms of sickness.
"How we are dealing with the situation is an open process, bearing in mind that it is between the employer and employee,” Mthethwa said.
Some principals were disappointed with the department, one principal said:
“Our KZN officials, who are really out of their depth, are passing the buck onto school principals, who are expected to wave magic wands and increasingly are being threatened that they have to make ill-considered plans work.”
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