We’re pleased to hear that teachers across South Africa this week started receiving their vaccines. The plan is to vaccinate 582 564 teachers over 14 days. The sooner this is done, the quicker students can get back on track with their schooling, which has been stressful for teenagers, kids and parents over the past 15 months. The conundrum, however, is that while teachers are out getting vaccinated, students are left waiting or are attending school every alternate day.
Experts say this arrangement is likely to have a very negative effect on learners, especially those in the public school system, in the years to come. Experts told the Sunday Times that, to mitigate this problem, primary school pupils – who are due back on July 26 – should return to class immediately while the education department develops a credible catch-up plan for the learners. High school students will still be attending class on alternate days. Education Minister Angie Motshekga has, however, said that once all teachers have been vaccinated, there will be no reason for teachers to stay home, which should get things back on track. As a parent, try your best to support your children through this. We know it’s tough to juggle everything at once, but diligence and encouragement will give your child that extra boost to stay ahead.