SA’s back to school plan amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Department of Basic Education’s plans to open schools in South Africa amid COVID-19 pandemic.

The South African department of basic education has released an outline of its proposed plans to re-open schools as the world battles the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

South Africa is in a national COVID-19 lockdown which restricts the movement of people in efforts to slow down the spread of the deadly virus.

The plan outlines regulations on social distancing, classroom, transport as well as screening and testing regulations.

According to the plan, hugging and shaking hands will not be allowed in schools. Only two learners will be permitted to share a desk.

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga has indicated plans to open schools in a phased approach, starting with grade 7 and grade 12 learners.

Parents and teachers unions around South Africa have raised concerns about reopening schools too quickly. This as some schools in South Africa remain overcrowded without proper sanitation and running water.

Motshekga is expected to give more details on the department’s plans to reopen schools.