Next phase of South Africa’s school plan to forge ahead – despite rising Covid-19 cases among teachers and pupils

Education minister Angie Motshekga says that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) plans to reopen schools for more grades, despite 775 schools being affected by Covid-19 since reopening to grade 7 and 12 pupils on 8 June.

The education department noted in a statement that 523 pupils, 1,169 staff members and 775 schools have been affected by Covid-19.

“Schools have been temporarily closed and reopened around the country in the past three weeks to allow affected areas to be disinfected,” it said.

As many as six million pupils are set to return to school from 6 July, despite calls…

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