- South African parents were dealing with the implications of the coronavirus pandemic long before the actual lockdown was announced
- Children were sent home early in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus
- Briefly.co.za explores a claim that schools will only reopen next year
Nearly three weeks ago President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the coronavirus pandemic a national disaster.
One of the numerous measures announced by the nation's leader was that schools would close early and only reopen on 14 April.
However, the current lockdown extends past that point, leading some to claim that the closure would be extended to the extent that schools would only open in 2021.
'Pretoria marking centre', a Facebook page, posted a notice regarding the closure:
“Dear students and candidates, Schools will not reopen on the 14th of April due to rapid increase of the Covid 19. The department will be informing schools that the opening date might be carried to further dates. If cases in South Africa do not decrease, schools will resume again in 2021 and all students will repeat the same class they started this year."
Commenting on the current situation, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga admitted that she was not sure what the current game plan was.
While the uncertainty surrounding life after the scheduled end of the lockdown period, Motshekga could not provide a return date for the nation's children.
However, Motshekga made it clear that the department is working hard to ensure the school year is not lost even if it meant exploring solutions like unconventional teaching methods and shortening other holidays.
With Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize warning that the slow increase in confirmed coronavirus cases should not be seen as a reason to relax, it remains unclear when South Africa would return to normal.
Briefly.co.za reported that Mkhize had cautioned that this period may well be the calm before the storm looming on the horizon.
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