Soweto schools reopen amidst Covid-19 uncertainty

SOWETO WAS prepared for schools reopening this morning.

Thousands of Grade 7 and 12s braced the chilly weather to face what the future has in class for them, after three months of a ‘forced break’ as a result of Covid-19.

Queues of students at Prudence High, Tladi- Soweto saw them in different design of masks, as they observed social distancing, to be sanitised and screened.

Teachers and concerned parents looked on as they marched to their classes with school bags on their backs.

Although some of the classes did not have windows and broken ceilings, one teacher who did not want to be identified said all the classes and the yard were fumigated since last week.

“We did our job since last week before the reopening was moved to today. And I can safely state we’re above aboard on sanitising to screenings,” he said.

A grade (12) Tshepo Moloi (12) said he was scared but ready to ‘roll with punches’ he said cheekily.

“We are not used to this type and don’t know what to expect. This Coronavirus thing has completely changed our behaviour and lifestyle.

From now onwards its all about safety and social distancing. Yes its gonna be difficult but have to adapt or die, “he pointed out.

All the teachers are ready to welcome the pupils. Each pupil will receive a soap and two-masks, as per health measures, said the teacher.

Some parents also highlighted the issue of safety for their children following the spade of theft and looting in the province.

Officials, including MEC for education in GP Panyaza Lesufi, also paid visits to some schools throughout the province, while minister of education Angie Motshekga visited East Rand schools.

Image (MEC Education in GP Panyaza Lesufi visited some schools that reopened for academic calender this morning).

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