Primary and Secondary Education Minister Cain Mathema said that all schools are ready to receive the final batch of pupils next week.
Mathema insisted that adequate measures to ensure pupils’ safety have been put in place and an additional 5 300 teachers have been employed to cater for increased numbers and so that social distancing protocols are observed. Mathema said:
Let us not get the impression that there is anarchy. There is no anarchy at schools. We are ready to welcome all learners back to school. It is all systems go, we are starting our exams in December.
Let us allow the school heads to manage the schools as best as they can under the situation.
We have recruited 5 300 more teachers. So it is those teachers who will assist us to manage the situation.
Pupils from ECD to Grade Five, and Forms One and Two return on Monday to join the examination forms for this year and next year who have already returned safely.
However, the majority of teachers have not returned to their work stations citing incapacitation.