Challenges at Schools During COVID-19

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As schools reopened for all grades, some schools are struggling with space and the structuring of classes. This has caused a confusion for other learners in other schools.

One of the primary schools in the Mooihoek, a village in Limpopo, was supplied with containers for extra classes and all grades are in school without any problems.

The nearby primary school in Setlopong did not receive any containers and the children are attending school based on a timetable where other attend two days a week and others three days a week.

A learner at a secondary school in Mooihoek said they are being grouped by gender. One week is for girls and the other is for boys, except for matriculants who all attend.

Grade R learners are also attending, and they have been provided with face masks, which some of the learners take off. Now parents have to pay R5 for the school to provide each child with face shield masks. Some parents are at ease as they feel that their children will be safe with the new face shields.

But some of the parents have said; “our schools are not yet ready and don’t have space, hence they gave a timetables to our children.” Parents are not sure how learners will understand their work as they attend school for one day and are at home for three days and then attend again.

“The problem is that we pay transport monthly. The transport has no discount. Why can’t they just wait for next year to reopen schools? What is happening here is not good yet our children are writing tests to earn a pass. Our government needs to re-visit this decision to open schools under this conditions,” said a concerned parent.

This article was submitted on 11 September 2020. You may republish this article, so long as you credit the authors and Karibu! Online (, and do not change the text. Please include a link back to the original article.


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