Western Cape Education MEC: Children are safer in schools

JOHANNESBURG – Western Cape Education MEC, Debbie Schafer, says a decision to close schools is not in the best interest of pupils.

She says children are safer at school.

READ: SAHRC, DA condemn decision to close public schools

On Thursday, President CyrilRamaphosa told the nation that public schools will be closed for the next 4 weeks.

Government says this is to protect pupils and teachers from COVID-19.

Schafer said the decision to close schools was irrational and was not backed up by facts.

“I believe that this decision is going to cost South Africa dearly in the future, and it is once again the poor who are going to suffer the most,” she said.

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The Western Cape Education Department said it was disappointed with the decision.

“We supported having a break for two weeks on the basis that many of our teachers and learners have been working during the lockdown, it has been an anxious time putting new processes in place, and there is no real holiday provided in the current calendar for the rest of the year. This should be a complete break for people to rest and anxiety levels to dissipate,” the department said.

“But an additional four weeks is going to cause immeasurable damage to our children and our economy,” it added.

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