EQUAL EDUCATION CALLS FOR SYSTEMIC CHALLENGES TO BE RESOLVED TO ENABLE SCHOOLS TO SAFELY RE-OPEN

Since the reopening of schools,there's been a rise in Covid-19 infection cases at schools among teachers and learners. Unions are now calling for immediate closure of schools atleast until after the Covid-19 peak ends and they are also citing high levels of absenteeism from learners whose parents have decided to keep their children at home. Early in the month, when grades R, six and 11 returned to school , Equal Education had called for systemic challenges to be urgently resolved to enable all schools to safely re-open. Meawhile, Ineaquality in South Africa's education system is still prevalent and with a call to close schools, what is the academic impact to learners without access to resources. For more Udo Carelse spoke to Equal Education's Head of Gauteng Zama Mthunzi