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Joint media statement: The Department of Basic Education must present clear and comprehensive plans to the public

12 May 2020

Joint media statement: The Department of Basic Education must present clear and comprehensive plans to the public 

Equal Education (EE), Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) and SECTION27 welcome the Department of Basic Education’s (DBE) announcement that final plans on the phased re-opening of schools will be presented publicly tomorrow, Thursday 14 May. 

Over the last two weeks, inconsistent and contradictory information has been communicated by the DBE, leading to confusion and anxiety. Tomorrow’s briefing by Minister Angie Motshekga presents an opportunity to clarify and provide vital detail on what teachers, caregivers and learners should expect in preparation for the re-opening of schools, as well as the implications of some grades of learners possibly being at home for an extended period of time. 

It has been over seven weeks since schools were first closed. While we understand that learners’ usual access to education has necessarily had to be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, the DBE is still required to ensure that the limitation on the right to basic education is reasonable and justifiable in terms of the Constitution.

We are calling on the DBE to ensure that the plans presented by Minister Motshekga a number of key issues. Read our full statement here.

Leanne Jansen-ThomasJoint media statement: The Department of Basic Education must present clear and comprehensive plans to the public