Parliament, Sunday, 31 January 2021- The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education will over the next week visit Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape Provinces to assess school readiness for the 2021 academic year.
“The school readiness visit is even more significant this year considering the impact of Covid-19 on the 2020 academic year and the inherent risks it continues to pose going into the 2021 academic year. It is essential that through our oversight work we ensure that everything is in place to secure a safe return of students and teachers to classrooms,” said Ms Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba, the Chairperson of the committee.
The intention of the oversight visits is to assess the readiness by all the stakeholders, from the national Department of Basic Education to the school level to ensure safe reopening of schools for the 2021 Academic Year. As part of its programme, the committee is going to visit certain identified schools in the provinces.
In assessing the impact of the adjusted level 3 lockdown regulations on the reopening of schools, the committee will pay a close attention on areas that include, adherence to health protocols, procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), plans to cover 2021 curriculum given the delayed 2021 academic year, infrastructure that includes maintenance, safety security, availability of water and sanitation, processes for screening, testing and tracing, scholar transport, plans to initiate the school nutrition programme and assessment of the plans to distribute Learner Teacher Support Materials to schools.
In Gauteng, the committee will also receive an update on the state of the admission and registration of learners considering the influx of learners into the province. It will also visit school in Gauteng’s Ekurhuleni North District.
The committee will interact with the stakeholders that include the National Department of Basic Education, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Departments of Education including the Offices of the MEC, associations of school governing bodies, organized labour, and SA Principals Association.
Details of the first day
Date: 01 February 2021
Venue: Gauteng Department of Education (17 Simmonds Street)
The full oversight programme can be downloaded here: https://tinyurl.com/yydj6mu9
ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON BASIC EDUCATION, MS BONGIWE MBINQO-GIGABA.
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