Lesufi to visit Helpmekaar College to make sure no learners are at school

Lesufi to visit Helpmekaar College to make sure no learners are at school

Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, is set to visit Helpmekaar College in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on Monday morning.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi
Image courtesy: Gauteng Department of Education

This follows reports that the school has apparently informed parents that all 1 200 boys should report to school on Monday, despite the regulations announced by government last week.

The Department of Basic Education delayed the reopening of schools by two weeks amid fears of rising Covid-19 cases during the second wave.

Gauteng Education Spokesperson, Steve Mabona says the MEC wants to understand what led to the school making the decision to apparently re-open earlier.

“The purpose of MEC Lesufi’s visit is to establish reasons for the college’s action as this would be in contravention of the pronouncement by the Department of Basic Education to postpone the opening of schools from 27 January to 15 February 2021 due to concerns over the increasing COVID-19 infections in the province,” 

“The MEC would want to understand the reasons which led to this action by Helpmekaar College because on the face of it looks like defiance, but we want to understand what transpired for them to take such a decision.

The MEC would want to understand what happened at that school," says Mabona.

Listen to Steve Mabona below:


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