THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called on government to delay the reopening of schools, scheduled for 27 January, until the COVID-19 storm is over.
The party’s leader Julius Malema appealed to government to avoid risking the lives of children amid the coronavirus pandemic during the party’s first media briefing on Thursday.
The Department of Basic Education is under pressure to halt the reopening of schooling from trade unions, pressure groups and NGOs.
“We further call for the postponement of the reopening of all schools in light of the spike in new COVID-19 infections and uncontrollable rate of COVID-19 related deaths,” said Malema.
“All of civil society, trade unions, school principals and parents must unite and call for the postponement of the resuming of schooling activities, until such a point where it is safe to send children to classrooms.”
Malema said the country will be confronted by unprecedented levels of depression and sorrow, should children begin dying in their numbers at the hands of this virus.
“We do not want to be in a position where we tell this government we told you so, when the lives of children are lost to COVID-19,” said Malema.
“Our country will be confronted by unprecedented levels of depression and sorrow, should children begin dying in their numbers at the hands of this virus.”
“As the EFF, we oppose the gambling of the lives of children, to a virus that all of humanity is yet to properly understand. It will be extremely painful when. Families start losing their children because as leaders we failed to respect the situation we find ourselves and preserve the future of our nation.”
(SOURCE: INSIDE EDUCATION)