- The Northern Cape Department of Education says that it's ready to begin welcoming learners back to school
- Out of 557 schools in the region, 338 have been disinfected in preparation for schools reopening
- This comes as Minister Angie Motshekga prepares to provide SA with an indication over what the game plan will be
The Department of Education in the Northern Cape says that it is ready to start welcoming South African students back to school.
The SABC reports that 338 of the 557 schools in the region have already been disinfected in the region with the lowest number of Covid-19 cases.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is scheduled to give SA an update on the state of readiness in preparation for the re-opening of schools after numerous delays.
Commenting on the situation, the Department's Lehuma Ntuane weighed in that they are on track:
“It has been completed followed by Pixley Ka Seme. The remaining districts have smaller school number, therefore we are on track.”
South African schools have been closed for over six weeks while the nation went into lockdown to give the health care system time to prepare for the predicted spike in cases.
Motheo Brodi, from Section 27, highlighted that immense precautions need to be taken when allowing pupils to return:
“We are hoping for clarity regarding learners on feeding schemes. Also more about PPE for learners and staff and vitally the rollout of sanitation for more than 4000 that only have pit toilets and lack running water.”
Briefly.co.za reported that Motshekga had highlighted the safety of children and staff alike remains the utmost priority in all plans being made, with students required to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Pupils will also be screened on a daily basis upon entering schools in a bid to limit possible infections.
The current plan remains that the return of students will take place in phases, with Grade 7 and 12 expected to be the first group.
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