South Africans want schools to be closed for the rest of the year

A study by University of Johannesburg (UJ) researchers and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has found that 60% of South African adults do not want schools to reopen this year.

The researchers said this data is representative at a national level and is based on a sample size of 2,569.

The study found that only about 13% of South Africans believe schools should reopen for all grades, while approximately 21% said that schools should only reopen for Grade 7 and 12 learners.

The remaining 5.4% said that they did not know what the best choice is.

South African research chair in Social Change at UJ Professor Kate Alexander said that the findings of this survey will come as a blow to the government’s current strategy for schools.

β€œIt may want to reconsider its present policy,” said Alexander.

Alexander told MyBroadband that her personal beliefs are in alignment with the results of this study.

“In my personal opinion, all schools should be closed for now. Keeping them open right now is bad for South Africa and a mistake for government,” Alexander said.

The results of this survey are tabulated below.

Support for re-opening schools
Statement Percentage
Schools should re-open for all grades 13.1%
Schools should only re-open for Grade 7 and Grade 12 learners 21.1%
Schools should not reopen this year 60.4%
Don’t know 5.4%
Total 100%

Support by demographic

The researchers also segmented the data by a variety of demographics, including individual monthly income and gender.

The data discovered that high-income respondents – who earn an income in excess of R20,000 – were more likely than other respondents to believe schools should be open for all grades.

Additionally, women were significantly more supportive than men when it came to a partial opening of schools, with 26% of female respondents believing schools should reopen exclusively for Grade 7 and Grade 12 learners. 17% of men held the same belief.

Demographic data from this survey is tabulated below.

By individual monthly income

Support for re-opening schools by individual monthly income
Statement Less than R1,001 R1,001- R2,500 R2,501 – R5,000 R5,001 – R20,000 R20,000+ Unknown Total
Schools should re-open for all grades 13% 9% 11% 17% 37% 13% 14%
Schools should only re-open for Grade 7 and Grade 12 learners 18% 26% 27% 16% 14% 18% 21%
Schools should not reopen this year 67% 61% 55% 58% 41% 65% 60%
Don’t know 3% 4% 7% 9% 8% 5% 5%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

By gender

Support for re-opening schools by gender
Statement Men Women Total
Schools should re-open for all grades 14% 12% 13%
Schools should only re-open for Grade 7 and Grade 12 learners 17% 26% 21%
Schools should not reopen this year 63% 57% 60%
Don’t know 6% 5% 5%
Total 100% 100% 100%

Now read: Cabinet to make final decision on closure of South African schools

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