Educators positive about school readiness

Schools across in the province are welcoming educators back once again as staff return to their working environments as of Monday February 1 in order to prepare for the first term which will start on Monday February 15.

Nicolien Grobler, principal of President Primary School in Quigney, was confident that they were prepared for the new academic year.

”The school is ready, our PPE (personal protective equipment) is ready and there is a mask for every child,” she said.

“The department [of basic education] has developed annual teaching plans to asssit learners during the Codiv-19 pandemic [and] it helps us because our contact time with the learners has been limited and we have to restrict the number of children in classrooms.”

Grobler said that pupils will be divided into two groups to reduce the classroom size.

The learners will come on different days over a period of two weeks.

On the days when they are at home, they will have modules to work through so that they are not sitting around doing nothing, she said.

“They will be working through the curriculum so we can get through the amount of work that needs to be done,” said President Primary head of department Kim Torr.

The education department announced last week that they would be providing schools with PPE, backtracking on their earlier announcement that schools would have to buy PPE out of their own pockets.

The Eastern Cape department of education is allowing schools to provide their own PPE for the first term.  Image: SAMORN TARAPAN/


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