Come back: Lesufi appeals to 3,000 pupils who haven't returned to school

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has expressed concern saying he had sent out officials to investigate why the pupils were not at school.

FILE: MEC Panyaza Lesufi speaking at the Abram Hlophe Primary School in Katlehong on Monday, 15 February 2021. Picture: @Steve_Mabona/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Nearly 3,000 Gauteng pupils have failed to return to school since the start of the coronavirus.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has expressed concern on Monday, saying he had sent out officials to investigate why the pupils were not at school.

Lesufi was speaking at the official opening of the newly built Abram Hlophe Primary School in Katlehong on the East Rand on Monday.

Lesufi said while COVID-19 had impacted on the education sector in various ways, he wouldn't allow the pandemic to be the reason why some pupils had dropped out of school.

Lesufi has appealed to pupils who have failed to return to school to come back to the classroom.

Meanwhile, the provincial Department of Education said it had lost 34 teachers to COVID-19; it said it was now working on filling those vacant posts.

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