Schools will now only reopen for the new academic year on 15 February, pleasing some teachers and parents and angering others. Yet school closures ‘should be treated like a low-grade traumatic stress event for most children’.
While some private schools opened their doors for the start of the 2021 school year on 13 January, Mzwandile Matthews, adviser to Angie Motshekga, the minister of basic education, said that the department had met with the National Alliance of Independent Schools Association (Naisa) and the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) and had asked them to “persuade independent schools that haven’t opened to follow the reopening protocols” and for those that have opened to close as well.
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