Parents worried over phase in of early childhood education
Parents continue to worry with the phasing in of early childhood education as they fear for children being exposed to Covid-19 pandemic.
This comes after the Deputy Minister of Education, Dr Reginah Mhaule, told the members of Parliament on Tuesday that they are ready to phase in children of selected grades on the 6th of July.
Jabulile Mahlaba, who is a mother of a 6-year-old doing grade one said that she is worried about the safety of her child.
“I am concerned about my child’s safety; will the teacher’s guide them like we do at our homes? Are they also going to make sure that they do not exchange their masks because they are still young and they also do not understand the seriousness of Covid-19,” she said.
According to the statement released by the Department of Basic Education on Tuesday, they said that there are various options for parents who wish to not take their children back to school. They can either register for Home Education or partner with the child’s school for online learning. They are doing all this to ensure that no child is left behind.
The Santaco has come up with a decision of going against Covid- 19 restriction which only allows them to carry 70% passengers. Parents are more concerned about their children’s safety.
Lindokuhle Buthelezi, who transports children to school said that it will be hard for him to ensure that children are safe while he is driving.
“I cannot promise parents that I will make sure that their children are safe because children like to play, I will not even be able to see if they are borrowing each other masks,” he said.