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DBE calls on Gauteng communities to protect schools amid threats

The department has announced that more than 80 schools in Gauteng have had to stave off attempts to have them closed.

Classroom. Picture: Pixabay.

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department has appealed to school governing bodies that are against the gradual reopening of schools to not take matters into their own hands.

The department has announced that more than 80 schools in Gauteng have had to stave off attempts to have them closed.

Its bemoaned the fact that some of those threatening schooling are members of the schools’ governing bodies. It’s now released a statement, calling on communities to protect the institutions, while in the same breath issuing a warning of possible prosecution for those found guilty of the offence.

It’s unclear which schools have been affected, but 38 are in the Daveyton area, while 37 are in Tsakane and eight others are in KwaThema.

With grade seven pupils set to join matric pupils by returning to class on Tuesday, the debate about whether schools should be reopened amid the pandemic is far from over.

Government, however, insists its following international best practices and expert advice.

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