Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has welcomed the abolition of mandatory face masks, saying that wearing masks in schools will be optional for students and teachers.
On Wednesday Health Minister Joe Phaahla lifted Covid-19 regulations which removed the use of face masks, limits on gatherings and the requirement for people arriving and leaving South Africa to provide full vaccination certificates.
< p>In a government gazette , Phaahla completely repealed regulations on surveillance and control of reportable diseases.
He said the repeal of the relevant regulations would follow publication in the Gazette come into effect.
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In a statement on Thursday, the Minister of Basic Education said her department is development-oriented.
Motshekga said , she supports lifting the mask requirement for students.
“In line with this decision to lift the regulations, the wearing of face masks by students in classrooms and indoor gatherings is not a requirement more. This option can be used by those students and staff who wish to continue wearing face masks in schools.”
The department would continue to provide the Covid-19 vaccination for all students aged 12 and over with parental consent.
The Federation of Governing Bodies of SA Schools also welcomed the decision.
CEO Jaco Deacon told News24 that the removal of the mask mandate was a “huge relief” for some teachers and students.
” Some students have trouble hearing when teachers wear masks, and it becomes more difficult for teachers to assess whether students are understanding the lesson.< /p>
“We will support decisions based on sound medical and scientific evidence, rather than decisions based on emotion,” said Deacon.
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