Media Release by Marie Sukers MP
*SGBs and communities should determine school readiness
The ACDP noted the announcement by the DBE on the delayed reopening of schools.
It is important to note that in some hotspot areas the health system is overwhelmed, and the peak is expected in the coming two weeks. We have serious issues with hospital bed capacity in provinces, critical care beds, and EMS services being under pressure.
In light of the serious health emergency and its impact on hospitals, it would be advisable to keep schools closed for the next two weeks.
There have been a number of educators who died and the need for psycho-social support to be ramped up and in place at schools is critical.
The ACDP wants to state however that all schools should not be treated the same. School Governing Bodies (SGBs) and communities should determine school readiness. There should be a differentiated approach in the reopening of schools and not a one size fits all approach.
We are in a time of serious crisis at all levels of society, with the poor and vulnerable learners most exposed to this crisis.
We must take hands, listen, and work together for the well-being of all children, but especially the vulnerable.