The proposed plan to reopen schools in Mzansi has prompted widespread criticism as Covid-19 cases near 5 000 infections. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the situation.
On Wednesday the Department of Education announced a hastily withdrawn May 6 date for schools to reopen.
This move earned the department and Minister Angie Motshekga fierce and widespread condemnation.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates as the nation continues to fight the coronavirus.
The Department of Education has announced a tentative plan to allow schooling to resume amid the coronavirus pandemic.
During a media briefing on the current plan, the department revealed that Grades 7 and 12 will be allowed to return as early as 6 May if all goes smoothly.
A Standard Operating Procedures document will provide clarity on what is expected to take place at schools in a bid to prevent any possible infections, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Learners, educators and support staff will be receiving training and orientation when schools open with the school calendar adjusted to account for the interruptions, including plans to shorten school holidays.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that coronavirus cases in South Africa have hit 4 996 infections, with this figure set to climb to over 5 000 on Wednesday.
Commenting on the situation, Mkhize provided some good news on the number of citizens who have managed to make recoveries:
"As at today, there are 4 996 confirmed Covid-19 cases. The total recoveries are now 2 073."
While the recoveries are high, the number of fatalities also saw an increase with three new deaths.
"The total number of deaths has increased by three, the death toll is now 93. The lockdown helped us to reduce the spread of the virus."
The coronavirus crisis and the subsequent lockdown is on most people's mind as South Africa prepares to relax restrictions.
With the relaxation, numerous citizens fear an influx in the number of cases is on the cards and 72% of Briefly.co.za readers felt that the nation's health system won't be able to cope.
This comes despite over a month under Level 5 restrictions, with only essential staff allowed to continue operating.
South Africans have met the plan to possibly reopen schools with fierce condemnation after learning Grade 7 and 12 students are set to return next week.
Despite details emerging over the proposal to implement 'non-negotiable' health and safety procedures, citizens aren't convinced the safety of students can be guaranteed.
The SABC reported that over 300 hospital employees contracted the virus, raising the question of how small children would cope with the possibility of exposure.