AT least 1 493 teachers have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and other conditions in the year 2020, according to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.
The number includes workers at various schools and officials in circuits, district offices and provincial departments.
Motshekga briefed the media on Thursday morning on the state of readiness for the 2021 academic year.
“Let us pause and thank our teachers, who worked tirelessly; some of them for 7 days, sacrificing their precious time to ensure that teaching and learning continues, even under trying circumstances. Thank you, and thank you again,” said Motshekga.
The minister said schools officially closed on 15 December, adding that learners from Grade R to 1 are to receive their end of the year reporters by end of the year.
“I wish to stress that schools are not allowed by law, to withhold reports for whatever reason. We continue to receive complaints from parents, whose children have not been given reports,” said Motshekga.
Motshekga has announced that all systems go for the year 2021.
She said schools will reopen on January 25 for teachers and learners are expected back in classroom by January 27.
“All provinces have finalised admission processes. District offices will be available to assist parents where the need arises,” said Motshekga.
Motshekga added that in the year 2021, her department is set to maintain the delicate balance of health and safety in schools and also ensure that they plug on gaps for curriculum recovery which they have been able to successfully during the 2020 academic year.
(SOURCE: INSIDE POLITICS)