The Basic Education Department has said it has seen a significant decline in COVID-19 cases at schools, hence hardly any schools have been closed and reopened. Polity reports that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said they hardly saw any school closures, and this can be attributed to the adherence to the revised standard operating procedures.
It has been four months since schools reopened, following the announcement of the hard lockdown in March, and it has been one month since all grades have returned to school. “In the schools that we visited, the return rate is between 80% and 90%,” Motshekga said.
“While it is encouraging to see the numbers increase gradually, we appeal to parents to release their children to return to school,” she added.
Addressing teachers with comorbidities, Motshekga is quoted by Polity as saying all provinces have reported that all teachers have gone back to work, except those on maternity or sick leave. “Health and safety measures remain in place and everybody is expected to comply as we work to finish the work for the 2020 academic year,” she added.
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